Leeds set to seal Meslier deal as Phil Hay issues update

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Leeds United have sealed promotion to the Premier League.

Their exile from the top-flight is finally over, after 16 long years of attempting to climb the mountain.

The appointment of Marcelo Bielsa clearly energised the club, though, and they were in exceptional form throughout the 2019/20 season.

Leeds ultimately won the title, thanks to their 4-0 thumping of Charlton Athletic in midweek, and ended the season with a 10-point gap to second-placed West Bromwich Albion.

They lost just nine games throughout the campaign, winning 28, and are now planning for life in the top-flight.

Indeed, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United will be visiting Elland Road next season.

And Phil Hay, The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent, has reported that their summer business is already well underway.

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Indeed, he tweeted on Thursday that they are poised to snap up Illan Meslier on a permanent deal.

The goalkeeper has spent the season on loan at Leeds from French club Lorient and the club are poised to spend £5 million on keeping him at the club.

Meslier is a France Under-20 international and has made 10 appearances in the Championship, keeping an exceptional seven clean sheets in the process.

Just 20, he also played in the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Arsenal earlier this season, and will now be signing on the dotted line at Leeds.

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It is a deal that has been in the offing for some time, having included an option to buy in the initial loan when they first secured Meslier's signature. 

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is just excellent business.

Leeds clearly snapped Meslier up to operate as an understudy to first-choice stopper Kiko Casilla.

However, he has been thrown in at the deep end in recent weeks and has thrived, conceding just four goals in 10 outings.

He is only likely to get better and Bielsa can now call on two top goalkeepers next season.

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Even if new blood is brought in – perhaps a new No.1 to cope with the top-flight – he will still have the Frenchman to fall back on.

He has already proved that he is more than good enough to be an alternative No.1.

And he will be heading into the Premier League with the club, having played a major role in their rise through the Championship. 

He deserves the chance to prove himself at the very highest level and Bielsa clearly thinks so too. 

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