Deal close for keeper linked with Arsenal


Kasper Schmeichel will not be joining Arsenal this summer to replace Lukasz Fabianski as he looks set to agree a new four-year deal with Leicester.

The shot-stopper, son of former Manchester United keeper Peter, had been heavily linked with a move to north London on a free transfer as they look to replace Fabianski who will also be moving on a free transfer.

Schmeichel, however, will commit himself to the Foxes as they return to the top flight of English football as Championship winners. It is believed that his contract will contain a clause that will allow him to leave for a fixed amount should the club be relegated next season and will also see him become the highest earner in the club’s history.

The 27-year-old had always maintained that he wished to remain with the club despite interest from Arsenal, AC Milan, Southampton and Hull City who tried to sign him last summer.

Speaking to the Danish paper Berlingske, the player said that the deal was not finalised as has been reported in parts of the English press, but that it is close.

He said

“There’s nothing signed yet, but we are close. It is very natural that I would like to stay, because we have fought for three years to go up, and now finally succeeded. The club and I’m reasonably agree on things, and I hope soon to be able to announce that I will be in Leicester.

“That’s [The Premier League] where I want to play, and I have never hid it. We have a good club with a good setup and a good coaching staff. Maybe we need some extra players, but the intention is then that we can make our voice heard.”

Arsene Wenger is still trying to get Lukasz Fabianski to sign a new deal with the club, but the Polish keeper has stated his desire to move to a club where he will be the regular number one and it is believed he has no shortage of offers, especially after his impressive run for the Gunners in the FA Cup.

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Lee Hurley

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