Leeds United are not interested in entertaining negotiations with any club concerning a potential sale of goalkeeper Illan Meslier – amid reported interest from Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Speaking with Caught Offside, Romano claims that Leeds are keen to “keep things quiet” when it comes to a potential summer move for the young French stopper.
It comes after Meslier broke records during the Whites’ 2-4 victory over Wolves on Saturday – becoming the youngest goalkeeper to reach 100 Premier League appearances.
The consistently impressive nature of the Frenchman’s displays between the sticks has attracted the attention of fellow Premier League clubs in the top end of the league table.
A recent report from TeamTalk has suggested that Tottenham are interested, with French outlet RMC Sport claiming earlier in January that Newcastle and Chelsea are also keeping an eye on the 23-year-old.
The possibility of Meslier leaving Elland Road will only increase – presumably – were Leeds to be relegated this season, with a player of his quality understandably seeking top-flight football.
Meslier’s current contract expires in the summer of 2026, meaning the club hierarchy will feel no obligation to sell him. But – of course – the likelihood of him staying would decrease were the Yorkshire side to be relegated this term.
Romano states that this control over the Frenchman’s future is being capitalised on by the Leeds board at present, as they want to keep negotiations around his future to a minimum.
“Links between Meslier and a top club like Chelsea are normal. He’s a very talented goalkeeper. Many clubs have sent scouts to follow him. But at the moment, Leeds want to keep things quiet and not to open any negotiation now,” he said.
This will come as welcome news to the Elland Road faithful, many of whom view Meslier’s £5m signing from Lorient as one of director of football Victor Orta’s best bits of transfer business.