Manchester United lead Manchester City in race for Premier League winning goalkeeper – report

Manchester United lead Manchester City in the race to sign former City academy player, Kasper Schmeichel, according to Sky Sports.

The 30-year-old, who won the Premier League with Leicester last season, is reported to be United’s first choice to replace David De Gea should the Spaniard return to Spain with Real Madrid. City goalkeeper Joe Hart is also linked with a shock move to Old Trafford in the event that Jose Mourinho needs a new goalkeeper.

Sky claim that Schmeichel is wanted by both Manchester clubs, and the chances of him joining United have improved since he hooked up with Luca Bascherini, an agent who enjoys excellent relations at Old Trafford. The Danish international signed a five-year deal with Leicester last summer, but a big money offer from either Manchester club could lead to a deal happening.

For City, Kasper would count not only as a home-grown player, but a club-trained player in the Champions League having been at the club from 2002 until 2009, when he was sold to Notts County.

With a pass success rate of just 38.2% in the Premier League this season, one has to question the credibility of claims that City want him, as everyone knows that Pep Guardiola favours technically proficient goalkeepers. Benfica’s Ederson Moraes, strongly rumoured to be the one City have chosen to bring in, has completed 65% of his passes in the league this season, a much higher number than Schmeichel.

If Kasper Schmeichel was to join Manchester United, it would mean both he and his father Peter had played for both Manchester clubs (a future trivia question right there).

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