With speculation over Thibaut Courtois, 26, and Alisson Becker, 25, intensifying in recent weeks. Europe is being scoured for suitable replacements and with strong displays for Denmark this summer in the World Cup finals, Schmeichel emerged as a leading contender for both clubs.
At 31 years of age, Schmeichel is heading into the peak of his career. Despite Denmark’s exit in the Round of Sixteen, the son of former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel enhanced his reputation with a series of saves from the penalty spot.
Having served his time with English football’s ‘lesser lights’ and reserve teams, the younger Schmeichel finds himself the centre of attention. In the immediate aftermath of Leicester’s surprise 2015/16 title win, there was little speculation about the Dane’s future, but the Foxes now find themselves in the centre of a perfect goalkeeping storm.
Real Madrid’s pursuit of Courtois is likely to step up once Belgium’s World Cup ends with the giant goalkeeper making it clear that he is unwilling to extend his stay in west London.
Alisson meanwhile, is back on Liverpool’s radar, as well as being Courtois’ backup plan for Real. Recent comments by members of Roma’s hierarchy, whilst attributed to ‘humour’, underline the nervousness within the Italian capital about the Brazilian’s future.
Whichever one of the players moves on, Schmeichel’s future looks bigger and brighter than ever.