It has been reported that Illan Meslier has been offered to Manchester City in the event that Stefan Ortega signs for Bayern Munich.

This comes from Florian Plettenburg, as Pep Guardiola has admitted that it ‘would be a problem’ if the deal went through.

Now, it seems like Manchester City have been handed the chance to bring in Illan Meslier to replace Bayern Munich target Stefan Ortega.

Journalist: Illan Meslier offered to Manchester City as Bayern target Stefan Ortega replacement

Branded as ‘generational’ by Leeds Live, the Frenchman has been regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe.

However, last season, the former £5 million (Yorkshire Evening Post) man lost his place in the side after a string of underwhelming performances in net.

Now, Florian Plettenburg has revealed that Illan Meslier is one of the many No.2’s that Manchester City have been offered in case Stefan Ortega joins Bayern.

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However, Pep Guardiola and the Sky Blues have decided to block the German’s move to the Allianz Arena, as they are not keen on signing any of the potentially gettable second-choice goalkeepers.

Bayern were even interested in signing the Sky Blues fan favourite on loan, and he reciprocated their keenness but Manchester City have put a stop to this move, as is the same for a move involving Illan Meslier.

The treble-winner’s representatives have also been informed about the Bundesliga champion’s unwillingness to wait for more clarity on his future as well.

Illan Meslier would have been a significant downgrade

While Illan Meslier has a lot of potential, the fact that Bayern have targeted the 30-year-old is a sign of the goalkeeper Manchester City have at their disposal.

Simply put, the 23-year-old would struggle to start for most teams in the Premier League while Ortega would perhaps have a case to do so for a majority of sides in Europe.

If that does not sum up the gulf in class between the pair, what does?

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