Leeds United could save up to £40million by offering Illan Meslier a new contract ahead of the summer.

That is the view of former Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, tipped the Whites to tie the goalkeeper down.

Speaking to the LUFC Fan Zone podcast, Xavier Fleury, Meslier’s agent, insisted “big clubs” were already taking an interest in the young shot-stopper.

Meslier, who turned 21 on Tuesday, has been a mainstay for Leeds this season and has eight clean sheets to his name.

He penned a three-year deal when he signed permanently from Lorient last summer.

However, McLeish suggested losing him to another big club would force Leeds to splash the cash on a “big-money” replacement.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “You don’t want to lose a big talent. He’s a talent who’s playing as an ever-present in the Premier League.

“If you’re going to lose him and he’s not rewarded with a new contract, then you’ve got to go there and buy somebody for £30-40million.

“We know what that does to the club’s coffers, we know that the Premier League players invite big-money offers.

“I would expect that, having seen him so far and for them to have kept enormous faith in him, they will offer him a deal that will keep him at a big club.” 

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Meslier has played a total of 36 times across all competitions for Leeds to date.

He has missed just one Premier League games this season due to illness.

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