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Man United targeting Kasper Schmeichel to replace David de Gea

Kasper Schmeichel celebrates after Leicester City's 3-2 victory over West Ham United
Image: Manchester United are targeting Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

Manchester United have taken the lead over Manchester City in the chase for Kasper Schmeichel.

Sky sources indicate the Leicester City goalkeeper is United's first choice to replace David de Gea if, as expected, he heads back to Spain to join Real Madrid.

United's chances of landing the 30-year-old Denmark international have improved after Schmeichel left his long-term representatives, Triple S Management, to join Italian agent Luca Bascherini - an agent who enjoys excellent relations at Old Trafford.

Schmeichel signed a new five-year deal at the King Power Stadium last summer but may struggle to turn down a lucrative offer from either Manchester club.

David De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in the world
Image: David de Gea has been linked with a return to Spain to join Real Madrid

And last month A Bola newspaper in Spain reported that if Real Madrid fail to land De Gea, then Schmeichel could well be their next target.

De Gea, who was recently selected in the PFA's Team of the Year for the fourth time, cites Schmeichel's father Peter as one of his heroes when growing up.

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Schmeichel came through the Manchester City youth programme and had loan spells at Darlington, Bury, Falkirk, Cardiff City, Coventry City and Notts County before moving to Leeds and then Leicester.

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