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Coping without Courtois: Kasper Schmeichel is the perfect replacement for the big Belgian

Coping without Courtois: Kasper Schmeichel is the perfect replacement for the big Belgian

According to the Express, a transfer merry-go-round of goalkeepers could conclude with Kasper Schmeichel joining Chelsea this summer.

The BBC have reported that Roma’s Alisson will be joining Liverpool this summer. In turn, according to Sky Sports, Liverpool have agreed a deal for Danny Ward to join Leicester.

The imminent arrival of a new ‘keeper for the Foxes has sparked speculation that Kasper Schmeichel could be set to depart the club, after seven years of service between the sticks. 

With Thibaut Courtois being strongly linked with an exit from Chelsea, it could be that the Dane is being lined up to be the new no. 1 at Stamford Bridge.

If those deals were to all go through, it’d complete quite the transfer domino effect of goalkeepers, but would leave Chelsea as perhaps the biggest winners. 

The Breakdown

In an ideal world, Chelsea would be lining up this season with Courtois still donning the gloves. If the Belgian shot stopper does depart though, it is imperative that new boss Maurizio Sarri drafts in an adequate replacement straight away.

As the Blues’ new transfer model means that the manager will likely be working with a limited budget, Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel could be the best option available to him this summer. Transfermarkt value him at £10.8 million.

At 31-years-old, Schmeichel ought to be at his peak as a goalkeeper. Having worked his way up from League Two level, winning a remarkable Premier League title with Leicester along the way, the Denmark international is now ready for his big move to a top six side.

He has Premier League experience, a great attitude, has proven himself to be an excellent shot stopper, and is able to command his area with authority. His fine showings in the World Cup this summer with Denmark also demonstrated how calm and assured Schmeichel can remain on the biggest stage.

As Chelsea set about trying to return Champions League football to Stamford Bridge, those qualities could be invaluable. 

The Blues should act fast to make the most of the goalkeeper transfer frenzy that looks set to ensue, and ensure they emerge with Schmeichel on their wage bill. 

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