Good Morning. It's Tuesday 21st March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Chelsea join the hunt for Meslier
Illan Meslier continuous to be linked with a Summer move away from Elland Road, with Chelsea now joining the likes of Spurs, Manchester Utd and Newcastle. The 23 year old celebrated his 100th cap for the Whites at the weekend, becoming the youngest keeper in Premier League history to reach this feat; yet his days at Elland Road could be numbered.
French National Coach Didier Deschamps has once again overlooked the Leeds starlet, preferring to give Former Nottingham Forest (now Lens) keeper Brice Samba his first taste of International football. This must be a massive slap in the face for Meslier, who must have expected a call up following the retirement of Hugo Lloris.
In recent times, Leeds have shown a lack of ambition, which has seen them teetering on the edge of the drop zone. Will Meslier want to stay at Leeds for another season. He's contracted to the Summer of 2026, so the ball's in Leeds court. What is he worth? £30m sounds quite light for a play of his his quality, especially with the amount of clubs who are currently monitoring him. According to Fabrizio Romano...
Links with someone like Illan Meslier and a top club like Chelsea are normal, he’s a very talented goalkeeper and many clubs have sent their scouts to follow him. But at the moment, Leeds want to keep things quiet and not to open any negotiation now. Chelsea are yet to make a decision on the goalkeepers situation.
It’s a possibility that Mendy will leave Chelsea in the summer, but not something 100% decided yet. March is not time for final decision, also at Chelsea. Also, goalkeepers market is always a domino; not easy to find solution, and it hasn’t started yet.
Meanwhile, former player turned pundit Frank McAvennie insists that 'Spending £30m on a goalkeeper is nothing', compared to what bigger clubs spend, and has urged Spurs to get it (transfer) done.
I do not for one minute believe that they [Spurs] do not have any money, so go and spend it. It is not even his money. Daniel Levy does not own Tottenham, it is Joe Lewis’ money. If you own a club you want to get the best players and you are not going to get them at cut rates. Spurs have got to do that, they have never ever done it. Spending £30m on a goalkeeper, it is nothing. The big clubs will spend £80-£100m on a goalkeeper. In today’s world it has to be done.
Bogusz set to join LA Galaxy
Mateusz Bogusz is set to sign a permanent deal with LA Galaxy, according to US football journalist Tom Bogert. The 21yo Pole joined Leeds in 2019, and quickly became a fans favourite. He was sent out on loan to UD Logroñés, and more recently has enjoyed his second season with UD Ibiza. The fee is undisclosed, and Leeds have agreed to split the fee with UD Ibiza who have helped develop him. According to Bogert...
Leeds and Ibiza reach an agreement for the transfer of Mateusz Bogusz to MLS and he will sign for Los Angeles Galaxy. The Ibizan club will receive a good amount for his transfer, also a part for the English club. MLS continues to bet on young talent.
Super computer predicts Leeds safety
'FiveThirtyFive', the home of the Premier League super computer, which predicts league positions, come the end of the season believe Leeds will stay up, following their heroics last weekend at Molineux. According to the new data compiled after the games at the weekend, the Whites have only a 17% of being relegated, compared to Wolves (23%), Everton (40%), Bournemouth (54%), Nottingham Forest (56%) and Southampton (68%). They have calculated that Leeds will finish four points clear of the drop zone with 39 points, predicting a 15th place finish.
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