When Manchester City sold Kasper Schmeichel to Notts County in 2009, few would have predicted that the goalkeeper would have gone on to become one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League in recent seasons.
The Danish international was sold to the Magpies for around £1.5 million in 2009, in what was a record signing for the club, however, the club terminated his contract the following year, despite earning promotion from League Two, as it quickly became clear that they could not afford his £15,000 a week deal.
He would then join Leeds in the summer of 2010, before completing a move to Leicester City a year later, where he has been ever since.
The shot-stopper, who is the son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter, has gone on to make 393 appearances for the Foxes and was a mainstay when Claudio Ranieri led the club to a seemingly impossible Premier League title win in 2016.
Whilst it is impossible to know whether he could’ve achieved the same success with Manchester City, there have never been questions over the goalkeeper’s talent and the fact that he has now made 60 appearances for his country demonstrates his ability.
The 34-year-old was heavily praised by manager Brendan Rodgers earlier this year after he saved a penalty in a goalless draw against Brighton, saying:
“Kasper has made a great save from the penalty, he’s invaluable.
“He’s a world-class goalkeeper. There is absolutely no doubt that he is one of the top goalkeepers in this league.
“Just his presence in the goal and his leadership. He studies penalty takers and puts in the work and he’s so agile.
“He’s been absolutely brilliant in the two games back. He made two important saves at Watford and another important save tonight.”
Therefore, whilst City arguably have a world-class goalkeeper of their own in Ederson, perhaps they could’ve saved the £35 million they spent on the Brazilian had they kept faith in Schmeichel back in 2009 rather than selling him to Notts County.