Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a move to sign Kasper Schmeichel, the son of club legend Peter, to Old Trafford this summer as possible replacement for David de Gea.
Schmeichel is said to have appeared among the list of targets for United as they look to address a worrying situation between the sticks.
According to the Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United chiefs have now turned their attention to Schmeichel, 33, who could provide the best value buy for a goalkeeper this summer.
De Gea has endured a mixed season and, with a poor run of form leading into the end of the campaign, his place at Old Trafford is now under much scrutiny.
Youngster Dean Henderson will return to United this summer following a hugely successful loan spell with Sheffield United, though Solskjaer is said to hold reservations regarding whether he is able to go straight in as the club’s new No.1.
It is also understood that Henderson will require plenty of playing time during the coming season, as he eyes an opportunity to become the England first choice goalkeeper for next summer’s European Championships.
A move for Schmeichel therefore is said to provide United with a ready made option with bags of Premier League experience, while allowing 23-year-old Henderson more time to develop his game elsewhere.
Schmeichel started his career coming through the youth ranks at United’s rivals Manchester City, before going on to sign for Notts County and then Leeds United.
But it was with Leicester where Schmeichel made his name, playing a hugely influential role in the incredible 2015-16 season when the Foxes defied all the odds and became champions of England.
In August 2018 Schmeichel signed a bumper five-year contract, handed to him as a reward for his consistent progress with the club.
The Denmark international is therefore tied to the King Power until 2023, and Leicester are well placed to play hard-ball with any potential negotiations.
It was reported that Schmeichel joined team-mate Jamie Vardy as joint highest earner in the club’s history when penning the deal, earning in the region of £130,000 per-week.
United would be able to offer even more lucrative terms, and by signing Schmeichel would then have the option to move De Gea on from the club and cut his eye-watering £375,000 per-week wages off their payroll.