Chelsea have reportedly joined the race to bank the signature of Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel this summer.
The Denmark international is reportedly high on the priority list of Manchester United after being linked with a familiar move to Old Trafford. Schmeichel would follow in his father’s footsteps if the move comes to fruition, but according to The Times, Chelsea are also considering a swoop for the shot-stopper.
Should Chelsea sign Kasper Schmeichel?
A report from The Mirror claims Man United are eyeing up the son of their legendary ex-goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. The Dane made 96 saves in the Premier League last season, the same amount as David de Gea and also kept the same amount of clean sheets with 13 (via Premier League).
No price tag has been specified but Schmeichel’s current Transfermarkt value is £8.5million, although it’s highly unlikely Leicester will let him go for such a low fee.
Chelsea have now added themselves to the running as they look to improve on the mistakes caused by Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Spaniard hasn’t been up to scratch over the last campaign and Frank Lampard no longer trusts him to safeguard his side in the net.
Whilst United may be the favourites for Schmeichel due to the family connection, Chelsea could arguably table the better offer. Not only are they looking to make a new goalkeeper their first choice, but Roman Abramovich has lined Lampard’s pockets with £120million for this transfer window.
Armed with a hefty summer budget, the Blues could have enough to convince the Foxes to let Schmeichel make the move to West London.
Marina Granovskaia could also outdo herself if she gets this deal over the line, having already snagged Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, with Kai Havertz also agreeing personal terms.
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