Report: Leeds facing problems to sign Illan Meslier permanently

Arsenal FC v Leeds United - FA Cup Third Round
Arsenal FC v Leeds United - FA Cup Third Round

According to reports from Teamtalk, Leeds United loanee, Illan Meslier could make his move to Elland Road permanent in the summer, but there’s a catch.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper joined the Yorkshire club during the summer transfer window on a season-long loan deal from Ligue 2 side Lorient.

He has only made one appearance for the first-team this season – against Arsenal in the FA Cup. He impressed during the game, but Marcelo Bielsa has used Kiko Casilla as his first-choice keeper instead.

Meslier will make a permanent switch to the Yorkshire club on two conditions. He wants to make sure that Leeds will secure promotion to the Premier League, and that he makes a minimum of 10 appearances for the first-team.

The Lorient goalkeeper has a contract till 2022 but his future at the French club looks uncertain. Meslier could get more games in the coming weeks if Casilla gets a ban from the FA.

Casilla was accused of racially discriminating against Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko during the Addicks’ 1-0 win in September. The FA began an investigation back in October but there has been a delay in the process.

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