Leicester are potentially lining up a Kasper Schmeichel replacement considering they have been linked to Portuguese goalkeeper Jose Sa.
According to reports from Sportime (via Sport Witness) in Greece, the Olympiacos shot-stopper has been attracting the interest of the Premier League after some impressive performances in the Champions League.
The original report says that Leicester face competition from West Ham United, Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers, which could end up benefitting the latter considering that Sa is allegedly represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, who has a close relationship with Wolves and is an advisor to the club’s owner, per this Guardian report.
With Kasper Schmeichel now aged 33, it could be possible that Leicester are eyeing a long-term replacement for the Dane.
The former Porto goalkeeper is showing some impressive form after securing consistent game time at Olympiacos, keeping an impressive 12 clean sheets from his opening 20 games this season, only conceding 14 goals overall.
However, that could prove a stumbling block for the Foxes, as despite Schmeichel’s ripe age, he is still not showing any signs of decreasing in quality – and it’s unclear whether he would be happy to go back to being a number 2 like he was at Porto. Schmeichel has a similarly impressive record this season, conceding just eight goals in 12 Premier League games, registering five clean sheets as captain for Leicester, who are currently sat in second in the division.
With Danny Ward the same age as Sa at 26, there may not be any immediate need to replace him as Schmeichel looks good for his sport for at least another few seasons.
Furthermore, he cost the club a fairly hefty £12.6m from Liverpool, so it wouldn’t make sense, making that money go to waste by buying another capable second-choice for another big fee.
Leicester are better off waiting until Schmeichel shows signs of tailing off before they consider getting a replacement for him, or purchase someone under the age of 26 and aid their development by sending them out on loan.
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