Leeds relegation could see Manchester United move for Illan Meslier

Manchester United are reportedly willing to offer David de Gea a new contract with less money than the current £375,000-a-week deal he is on right now, but the Red Devils could make a move for a new goalkeeper in the summer too.

The Sun claims Manchester United will also look at Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier as his long-term replacement for the Spanish goalkeeper.

The new contract for the 32-year-old could see him pocket £250,000-a-week instead which still makes him one of the best paid keepers in the world.

This could be important news for Dean Henderson, who is supposed to return from his loan at Nottingham Forest in the summer. A new keeper coming in — like Meslier — would suggest the writing it on the wall for the Englishman at Old Trafford.

The report also states United are willing to wait until there is a starting place to offer Meslier. That suggests a move has been put off and they will simply add the French shot stopper to a list of alternatives should they enter the market for keepers.

Meslier’s situation may chance if Leeds go down or he is sold. The Reds would then be in a position where they would probably act.

Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Everton on Saturday and currently sit in the relegation zone.

Stretty News verdict

If I could sign one Premier League keeper to replace David de Gea this summer, it would be David Raya at Brighton. Not Meslier.

Meslier has similar characteristics to De Gea and he isn’t one of the best keepers in the league when it comes to playing out from the back. I would argue that is the next step for this United side; to have a man at the back who can launch attacks from his holding position.

But only time will tell if Leeds go down. Now that would be great.

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