Leeds United have agreed the terms of a deal worth more than £7.5million in total for Illan Meslier, Football Insider understands.
The Championship title winners announced yesterday that the Frenchman, 20, has put pen to paper on a three-year deal that ties him to Ellland Road until 2023.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club will pay a fee of around £5m for Meslier as well as hand him a massive pay rise.
The deal more than doubles the pay of the goalkeeper beyond £15,000-a-week plus top-up bonuses.
It is worth more than £7.5million across three years.
Leeds have moved to take up the permanent option in Meslier’s loan deal after they secured promotion to the Premier League.
They told FC Lorient in talks earlier this year they intended to sign the keeper permanently after notifying them ahead of a May deadline in the original loan.
That was then extended as the Championship season ran into July due to the pandemic.
Meslier was brought into the starting eleven just before the enforced break after Kiko Casilla received an eight-game ban for racism.
✍️ #LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Illan Meslier on a three-year deal
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 23, 2020
The youngster kept an impressive seven clean sheets in 10 Championship appearances and conceded just four goals.
The future of Casilla remains up in the air and a return to his native Spain is firmly on the cards as he prepares for talks with United chiefs.
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