Schmeichel would have huge boots to fill at Manchester United

Manchester United are leading the race for Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, according to Sky Sports.

What’s the story?

The Red Devils are believed to be considering their options in the event that David de Gea leaves in the summer.

Sky Sports claim that Leicester’s Premier League-winning shot-stopper is the club’s first choice if their current number one signs for Real Madrid.

De Gea came close to joining the Spanish giants in 2015, but the transfer fell through because the paperwork was not filed before the deadline.

The Spaniard made a U-turn and penned a new long-term contract at United, but he has still been constantly linked to the La Liga giants.

Now it has emerged that the Red Devils will move for the son of their legendary former keeper Peter Schmeichel if the position becomes vacant.

Is this the right move?

Sky Sports reports that United can already feel encouraged about a move going ahead due to Schmeichel’s change in representation.

The Dane has teamed up with Italian agent Luca Bascherini, who has done plenty of business with the Red Devils in the past.

The 30-year-old keeper is not at the same level as De Gea, so it would be a slight downgrade from United’s point of view, but there are not many players available that possess the same quality as their current number one.

Schmeichel has been a solid performer for Leicester over the past six years and helped them claim the league crown last season, but joining United would be a huge step up.

The Dane would not only have De Gea’s boots to fill, but he would constantly be compared to his father Peter, who won 11 trophies, including five Premier League titles and a Champions League, during an eight-year spell.

It would be a huge test for Kasper and a risk for United.