‘Got it all’: Matteo raves over Leeds man he thinks it would cost a fortune to buy

Sam Preston April 7, 2021
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Former Leeds defender Dominic Matteo feels it would cost a huge fee to lure Illan Meslier away from Elland Road now.

Matteo was discussing Leeds’ financial situation in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.

Meslier, as well as Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, were players Matteo feels would require huge money to buy now.

He remarked on the financial issues at the club when he was there as a player and feels Leeds are in better hands now.

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“It might take the kind of contracts Leeds United haven’t paid, perhaps since Mark Viduka’s days, real high end money to tie your best players down,” he said. “Otherwise, you risk losing them.

“Then you have to shell out millions more to replace them and rebuild, which is even more costly. Meslier has had a hell of a year. When you look at players who would command a really high fee, Meslier has to be one.

“He’s got it all. Obviously he can still get a bit stronger and more physical and that will come with age. Kalvin has an ex-Leeds player, Kevin Sharp, as his agent and sometimes that helps because they see the bigger picture.

“Once fans are back and finances start flowing, the vultures will be circling around players like Kalvin and Raphinha and offering stupid money. We have to try and keep them together. We’ve got to tie them down.”

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Leeds have a squad now which is capable of competing in the Premier League and Matteo has picked out three of their key performers there.

With a season of Premier League finances, Leeds should be in a strong enough position to rebuff any bids for their top men.

Matteo wrote about what will happen when football’s finances are back to normal but that’s unlikely to happen this summer anyway.

That gives Leeds more time to add to their squad too, bringing in more quality to supplement the likes of Meslier, Phillips and Raphinha.