Leicester targeting Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos as transfer replacement for Nice target Kasper Schmeichel
LEICESTER are reportedly targeting Greek goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos from Benfica as a direct replacement for Kasper Schmeichel.
Schmeichel has called time on his career at Leicester as he seeks a new challenge and has agreed to join Nice.
Vlachodimos is thought to be on the Foxes radar as they race to make their first signing of the window.
Benfica’s appointment of new boss Roger Schmidt has led to Vlachodimos losing his place in the starting 11.
So the 28-year-old may be after a new challenge himself.
According to Portuguese newspaper Record, the Lisbon club would be open to selling him for a fee between £12.5million and £17million.
Record claim Leicester are yet to make an offer for the goalkeeper.
Although, they have reported that Brendon Rodgers’ side are keeping close tabs in case they need a new recruit.
With Schmeichel agreeing to join Nice this morning, the Foxes could be close to making an offer.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Leicester will only allow the Dane to leave until they have found a replacement.
Despite still having a year on his contract, L’Equipe have said Schmeichel will be allowed to leave after 11 years at the club.
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Leicester are also rumoured to be interested in the signing of Arsenal’s shot stopper Bernd Leno.
The Gunners are reportedly willing to offload the German as part of an exchange deal for Youri Tielemans.
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