Leeds United linked with former Marcelo Bielsa striker, Illan Meslier praised by ex-Elland Road stopper - key headlines

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Friday, 4th June 2021, 9:25 am
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Friday's transfer rumours

Leeds United are rumoured to be plotting a move for Chelsea's £33m striker Michy Batshuayi, who looks set to leave the club this summer. He's previously impressed on loan for Borussia Dortmund, where he scored seven goals in ten league games. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are on the brink of appointing Antonio Conte as the club's new manager, with Fabio Paratici also set to join as sporting director after leaving Juventus last month. (Talksport)

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Everton are ready to offer former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, 47, a three-year contract. (Daily Star)

Arsenal and Aston Villa have made official bids for Norwich's £40m-rated Argentine midfielder Emi Buendia, 24. (Sun)

Arsenal are ready to offload French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 22, for just 10m euros (£8.6m). (Le10Sport)

France striker Olivier Giroud, 34, is set to choose AC Milan when his contract with Chelsea expires. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Douglas Luiz is expected to stay with Aston Villa as Manchester City are unlikely to trigger a buy-back clause for the Brazil midfielder. (Express & Star)

You can read the full Friday rumours roundup hereIllan Meslier praised by Rob Green

Leeds United youngster Illan Meslier has made a fan of one of his Elland Road predecessors.

Former Whites and England stopper Rob Green thinks the 21-year-old is an ‘amazing kid’ who has coped admirably with the difficult task of keeping goal for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

“As Luke Ayling said to me: ‘If he was English, everyone would be raving about him’,” said Green.

“He is an amazing kid and only 21.”

You can read the full story hereNo contact from Liverpool for Raphinha

If Liverpool are as interested in Raphinha as speculation suggests, they've yet to inform Leeds United.

Despite internet talk of a '£32m bid' and a race to secure a signature, the YEP understands that the Reds have never declared interest or even asked the Whites about the Brazilian winger's availability.

Raphina moved to Elland Road from Rennes for £17m with add ons, on deadline day last summer, and has taken the Premier League by storm with his all-action displays on the flank.

You can read the full story hereOrta talks up Brazilian winger

Victor Orta has described Leeds United winger Raphinha as a ‘special case’ following his first season at Elland Road.

“Raphinha is a special case,” Orta told One Football over the Brazilian. “He has been brilliant from the moment he touched this club.

“But it wasn’t easy because he arrived in the last few days of the transfer window, really nervous and, honestly, he didn’t have a lot of time to decide.

“We saw an opportunity late on and gambled – just like he did with us – and, hopefully, this is the beginning of something beautiful."

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