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World Cup heroics could spark bidding war for Kasper Schmeichel

DATE: 10.07.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

The Danish international goalkeeper has been widely praised for his performances at the 2018 World Cup, leading to speculation that several clubs could be preparing to lure him away from Leicester City, ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season getting started.

Kasper Schmeichel suffered a heartbreaking World Cup exit despite his very best efforts against Croatia, saving one penalty from Luca Modric during extra time to keep Denmark in the fight, then two more during the dramatic penalty shoot-out lottery. In the end, it wasn't enough to get through to the quarter-finals.

“His performances have been excellent,” goalkeeping coach Mike Stowell told LCFCTV, suggesting the Dane can be justifiably proud of his stellar displays throughout the tournament, which included clean sheets during the group stage against Peru and, most notably, France, who are one of the favourites to win the World Cup.

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According to the Daily Mail, such impressive form by Schmeichel at the World Cup appears to have attracted the interest of Chelsea and Roma, with both clubs facing a battle to retain the services of their current goalkeepers, amidst a potential domino effect of moves during the summer transfer window. All it could take is one move to potentially trigger the rest.

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Chelsea’s Belgian shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois has been continually linked with Real Madrid, as has Brazilian international Alisson of Roma, who is also reportedly the number one goalkeeping target for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. However, the Merseyside club have also been tipped with interest in Schmeichel as an alternative option, if their move for the Brazilian ultimately fails.

Given such a wealth of interested clubs, the Betfair football prediction is that Chelsea are the firm favourites at present, priced at 5/6 odds to land the signature of Schmeichel before 3rd September. Meanwhile, Liverpool at 8/1 and Roma at 10/1 are also strongly fancied to turn rumoured interest into firm offers.

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Interestingly, Manchester United are considered to be 33/1 outside contenders with bookmakers, should Kasper decide to follow in the footsteps of his father, Peter, who was a legend at Old Trafford and widely considered to have been one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. However, it seems unlikely David de Gea will be leaving the Red Devils any time soon, despite his World Cup blunders with Spain.

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Given that most of the potential destinations for Schmeichel seem to hinge on other goalkeepers leaving first, Liverpool would seem the most realistic option for the 31-year-old at first glance.

Nevertheless, the chances of Schmeichel going to Anfield have been dismissed by some pundits, even though he would be a significant improvement on Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, with the latter in particular the brunt of memes and ridicule after his errors in the Champions League final.

All told and regardless of the transfer gossip, should Leicester City have any genuine reasons to fear losing their number one between the posts? Well, online bookmakers also have the Foxes at 5/4 odds to keep Schmeichel at the Kingpower Stadium, so there’s certainly a firm belief that he won’t be going anywhere ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

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