The 27-year-old was nearing the end of an impressive season, in which he helped the Foxes finally secure promotion back to the Premier League. But with his current deal set to expire this summer, Danish newspaper BT claimed the Gunners had made him a firm offer – seemingly to bring him in as a replacement for the departing Lukasz Fabianski.
Reports earlier this week claimed Schmeichel had agreed a new contract at Leicester, but he has now moved to quash those suggestions, although potential suitors should not get too excited.
In an interview with BT this week, Schmeichel 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 we have finally succeeded.”
The latest story does not mention Arsenal’s reported interest, but does claim that Southampton were also in the race. But the most interesting point is the claim that the new deal will include a fixed-fee clause should Leicester get relegated.
That would see any interested club able to pay a fixed amount for a player who has admitted that now he has made it to the Premier League he has no intention of leaving it.
So while Foxes fans will hope their top-flight stay is a long one, those apparently interested parties such as Arsenal and Southampton could be watching their season closely.
After all, they may not get Schmeichel in the short term, but further down the line, it might just happen…