Kasper Schmeichel’s form for Leicester this season has brought him to the attention of Barcelona, who are planning a £15million summer raid for the goalkeeper, according to reports.
With Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen tipped to sign for either Liverpool or Manchester City this summer, Barca sporting director Roberto Fernandez is working on a shortlist of potential replacements for the German.
And the Sunday People writes that Schmeichel’s performances for the Premier League leading Foxes have been monitored all season and the Denmark No.1 is among those under consideration if Barcelona do push through a change in goal.
The potential £15million deal would represent a huge profit on the £1.3million they paid Leeds for the goalkeeper five years ago, but it remains to be seen whether Schmeichel would make the move to the Nou Camp with Barcelona also having Claudio Bravo on their books and the Chilean seen as their first-choice stopper.
But the People claims the La Liga side would offer him a three-year deal – two years with the option to extend by a further 12 months – if they decide to take their interest further.
European and Spanish champions Barcelona have had a difficult month with defeats in the league and in the Champions League, and club bigwigs will take stock at the end of the season.
They crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Atletico Madrid, and face a fight with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in the race for the La Liga title.
A failure to win the league would spark more activity in the transfer window than usual at Barca, and a new goalkeeper is one of their considerations.
A move to the Nou Camp would complete a remarkable rise for Schmeichel, who spent time on loan at Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff and Coventry while at Manchester City before leaving to join Notts County, then Leeds and Leicester.
The 29-year-old son of Manchester United great Peter joined the Foxes in 2011 and, speaking to the Sunday People, said: “I have played at every level apart from League One.
“I have played in Scotland, played in Wales and that has given me a great football education, a way of adapting to whatever team I am playing in.
“I have played internationally where we play a completely different type of game, and that has given me a versatility that can adapt to whatever team I am playing in and whatever style we want to play.”