Leeds in line for £3m Schmeichel transfer windfall

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Leeds United could be in line for a £3million transfer pay-out amid reports that Kasper Schmeichel is a strong contender to replace David de Gea at Manchester United.

The Mirror claim the likelihood is growing that Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel will move to Old Trafford as Real Madrid have reignited their interest in signing De Gea.

It is said that Real are planning to table an imminent bid for the Spaniard two years after his transfer to the club dramatically collapsed in the final minutes of transfer deadline day.

The Mirror report that Schmeichel, who is valued at £30million by Leicester after signing a new contract 12 months ago, is among the options being considered by United manager Jose Mourinho.

This has prompted a shift in bookmakers’ odds, with United priced by Sky Bet as 100/30 runaway favourites to sign the goalkeeper, 30, this summer, a long way ahead of second favourites AC Milan, who are 14/1.

The knock-on effect is that Leeds would face a bumper pay day, as a £30million transfer of the 2015-16 Premier League title winner would secure them a £3million windfall.

Schmeichel played for Leeds during the 2010-11 season before being sold to Leicester for around £1.4million.

In July 2016, The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that the Championship club have inserted a 10 per cent sell-on clause in the deal that took him to the King Power Stadium.

“Leeds’ deal to sell Schmeichel to Leicester in 2011 is understood to have included a sell-on clause worth 10 per cent of any fee over £1.2m,” states the report.

Leeds narrowly missed out on the Championship playoffs last season and will be looking to finish in the top six in 2017-18.

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