Kasper Schmeichel is on the verge of starting a transfer battle between Mancunian giants United and City, Sky Sports understands.
The Leicester City goalkeeper has changed his agent right after signing a contract extension with the Foxes, and has now signed up with Italian agent Luca Bascherini, who has strong links with Manchester United.
This was after Schmeichel dumped his long-term adviser Kenny Shepherd, and this new development in his management team could see him move away from the King Power Stadium.
The Danish international would certainly be a good replacement, as he was a key member of the Leicester City team that lifted the Premier League trophy last season, marshaling a defense that was very miserly.
On the other hand, he could also join cross-town rivals Manchester City. Pep Guardiola decided to send Joe Hart on loan and brought in Claudio Bravo as his No.1, but the former Barcelona keeper has struggled between the sticks. This has forced him to turn to Willy Caballero, though Pep would want a more solid replacement.
This could result in a swap deal between Leicester City and Manchester City, with Schmeichel and Hart moving in opposite directions.
United seem the favourites to land Schmeichel, though, with his father Peter Schmeichel also having led the Red Devils to the 1999 Champions League victory. Interestingly, Kasper had started his career at City, before Hart usurped him to become No.1. Peter Schmeichel also played for the Sky Blues in the latter stages of his career.
Leicester have struggled in their title defense this year, and at one point were in danger of being relegated. Even though they have performed better since Craig Shakespeare took over, the 30-year old keeper’s ambitions might push him to move away.
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