Leicester ready to hijack Fulham deal for £8m man, as Kasper Schmeichel transfer hangs in balance

Bernd Leno, Crystal Palace v Arsenal April 2022

Leicester City are trying to hijack Fulham’s move for Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, claims a report in France.

The Foxes are on the hunt for a new No.1 with Kasper Schmeichel ready to move on. The 35-year-old is in the final year of his contract at the King Power Stadium after more than 10 years at the club.

The Denmark international has won the Premier League and FA Cup with the club, but he is understood to have agreed to leave the midlands.

According to Get French Football News, Schmeichel has an agreement in place with Nice. The keeper is believed to have agreed personal terms in principle and talks between the two clubs are ongoing over a fee.

The report claims Schmeichel could leave on a free transfer, despite being under contract until June 2023.

L’Equipe makes it clear that Leicester need a replacement, as Danny Ward will remain as the No.2 at the King Power. And until Leicester secure a replacement, Schmeichel will not be given the green light to move on.

Leicester have been linked with Benfica man Odysseas Vlachodimos. Portuguese paper Record say that Leicester could have a decent chance of luring 28-year-old Vlachodimos.

Fulham in talks over £8m Leno transfer

But now Leicester are considering Arsenal’s Leno and Nantes keeper Alban Lafont.

Leicester though will have to move quickly if they are to get hold of German stopper Leno.

The 30-year-old, who lost his place to Aaron Ramsdale at the start of last season, is in talks over a move to Fulham.

And Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg says the prospective deal “is looking good now”.

The sticking point was understood to be the transfer fee with Edu recently dropping the price. Therefore recent negotiations between the clubs have been “positive” and an agreement was expected.

Fulham were hoping to get a deal of around £8m over the line. However, Leicester’s interest could now scupper Fulham’s chances of landing the Gunners man.