Leicester line up expensive Robert Sanchez raid with several major names facing the axe

Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester are strong admirers of Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez amid a potential impending departure for Kasper Schmeichel, per a report.

This comes after Schmeichel was left on the bench in the Foxes’ win against Watford last Sunday. The 35-year-old is among only a select few who are still around from Leicester’s 2015-16 Premier League title win.

The Denmark international’s contract is expiring next year and he has reportedly previously admitted he may seek a new challenge when his deal runs out.

He has been Leicester’s number one since signing for a fee of £1 million from Leeds in 2011.

Sportsmail have reported that Rodgers’ team are looking for a long-term replacement for Schmeichel and the club strongly admire Sanchez.

The report states that the Spain international still has three years left on his deal. That, evidently, will make his price tag steep.

Rodgers has been rumoured to be mulling a clear-out of the Leicester squad in the upcoming window to fund the transfers of players he wants to acquire.

Star man Youri Tielemans is one of the players that is almost guaranteed to leave the King Power Stadium this summer with Arsenal rumoured to be the Belgian international’s next stop. 

How likely is Robert Sanchez to change teams?

The 24-year-old came into the spotlight after former Brighton goalkeeper, Mat Ryan dropped out of favour.

The goalkeeper has appeared 36 times so far this season in the Premier League and amassed 11 clean sheets altogether.

Sanchez has even made his Spain debut this season after the omission of Kepa Arrizabalaga from the squad. Kepa’s diminished role at Chelsea since Edouard Mendy signed has scuppered his international hopes.

Rodgers has had his say on the future of Schmeichel and the likelihood of him leaving.

“He is very happy here. Of course naturally he is getting to the age where he sees the finishing line a little bit down the line but in my conversations with him he is very happy,” he said, via the Daily Mail.

“He’s got a year to go. It’s important for him and for us he is in the best condition he can possibly be in.

“We have seen with Danny Ward there is a challenge there but I think he [Schmeichel] wants to be here. I think he wants to continue the fight and his career here, and up until now he has had a fantastic career.”

This showcases how highly valued he is among the Leicester camp. When Schmeichel does eventually leave, Sanchez would be a solid replacement to fill the void left in the team.