Chelsea, Newcastle and Bayern Munich set to fight it out for Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier with Bundesliga side looking for Manuel Neuer replacement

    Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier has attracted the attention of three of Europe’s biggest clubs following the opening of the transfer window.

    But it’s understood the Yorkshire outfit aren’t keen on letting their No. 1 go, with concerns over finding a replacement on par with the Frenchman before the January window closes.

    Three clubs are after Leeds’ goalkeeper

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    Three clubs are after Leeds’ goalkeeper

    Meslier holds the record for being the youngest goalkeeper in Premier League history to play 50 games, as well as the youngest in English league history to achieve ten clean sheets in that time.

    With a promotion to the Premier League and 105 appearances for Leeds to his name already, too, it’s not surprising the 22-year-old is drawing interest from big name clubs across Europe.

    According to French outlet RMC Sport, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Newcastle are all keen on signing the Frenchman this January.

    The Bundesliga leaders lost veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to injury after Germany exited the World Cup, with a skiing accident ruling him out until the end of the season.

    This has left the German giants searching for a replacement to help them defend their title.

    Meanwhile Premier League high-flyers Newcastle are following the star closely, too.

    Meslier clearly impressed the Magpies in their game against Leeds

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    Meslier clearly impressed the Magpies in their game against Leeds

    Meslier went up against the Magpies on New Year’s Eve, keeping a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Leeds and making a number of impressive saves to deny the home side all three points.

    Summer signing Nick Pope has been first choice all season, and Martin Dubravka was recalled from his loan at Manchester United to come in as backup.

    However, with Karl Darlow’s future uncertain, Newcastle could be keen to bolster their long-term options.

    Chelsea, on the other hand, are understood to be simply keeping tabs on the goalkeeper.

    Marsch won’t want to say goodbye to his star goalkeeper

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    Marsch won’t want to say goodbye to his star goalkeeper

    The Blues have switched No. 1s this season, with Kepa Arrizabalaga impressing and now being favoured over Edouard Mendy.

    Jesse Marsch won’t be keen on losing his first choice glovesman, with backup choices Kristoffer Klaesson and Joel Robles making just one appearance between them this season – Robles starting one match in the Carabao Cup.

    But given Meslier will want to push for a spot in the France national team following his time with the Under-21s, a big move could be the golden ticket he needs to convince Didier Deschamps he is the man to succeed long-time captain Hugo Lloris.

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