According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United are looking to sign Alex Nubel from Bayern Munich on a permanent deal as they prepare for possible bids for their current first-choice keeper Illan Meslier.
The Bundesliga champions are open to letting the 26-year-old go, but Leeds’ new boss Daniel Farke may have to compete with Stuttgart, who want to take him on loan after he spent two seasons at Monaco in France.
Leeds have the edge though as they are ready to fork out £6.8million for him, while Stuttgart only want another temporary deal for the goalkeeper.
Meslier has not been strongly linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, but he is likely to leave as he is too good for the Championship despite a shaky season in the Premier League last term.
Leeds are dealing with a lot of changes in their squad, with players like Robin Koch [Leeds United] and Rodrigo [Daily Mail] leaving the club before their latest relegation.
The goalkeeper spot has also been identified as an area that needs improvement, and a move for someone with Nubel’s experience and quality could excite Leeds fans.
Nubel is three years older than Meslier, but he is still young at 26 and has a lot of potential. He is a talented keeper, but he is not at the level of Bayern Munich. He is unlikely to challenge Manuel Neuer or Yann Sommer at the club, so a move away would suit everyone.
He also played every game for Monaco in Ligue 1 for the past two seasons, so he is in good form and has a lot of experience. That is what Leeds will need.
If Meslier leaves, Leeds’ current backup keeper Kristoffer Klaesson is unlikely to step up as he is only 22 and lacks first-team experience. Joel Roble’s exit also leaves this position very thin and in need of reinforcements.
The Whites may have the upper hand in getting their target, but Nubel may also attract interest from clubs in the top division.