Leeds United get big Illan Meslier boost after Marseille make transfer decision

Leeds United have seemingly been spared a headache ahead of the new campaign with new reports suggesting Marseille have elected to target another goalkeeper over Illan Meslier.

The club's goalkeeper of four years now, Meslier has been one constant in the Leeds side overseen by numerous managers in recent years. But with Daniel Farke at the helm with the confidence in him to achieve the overriding ambition of promotion, a risk of losing the No 1 recently became apparent.

French media stated that the Frenchman could "happily imagine" returning to his homeland with Marseille, who are in need of a new shot-stopper with Pau Lopez heading to Serie A's Como. Prior to moving to England, Meslier had never been given the opportunity to play at Ligue 1 level, only the division below.

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It was stated that Marseille believed they would have to pay £20m to Leeds to make the transfer possible, whilst other candidates were mentioned. Now, the saga looks to be winding down in Leeds' favour as Canaries7 and other outlets explain that the French club have indeed decided to pursue another target.

Their chosen replacement is reportedly Alvaro Valles of Las Palmas. The 26-year-old has been the custodian of the Gran Canaria side's net since 2019 and last year helped them earn promotion to La Liga - now he will cost Marseille only £9m.

With this question regarding their goalkeeper answered, Leeds must foresee another one on the horizon before too late. Meslier's current contract runs through to the summer of 2026. Whilst there is no risk of losing him for free next year, a contract renewal decision must be made for the 24-year-old.