Newcastle United are reportedly looking at Kasper Schmeichel ahead of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to TalkSPORT, who claim the Magpies are ‘monitoring’ the Leicester City goalkeeper as they search for a new number one.
The report adds that Schmeichel could leave the Foxes this summer with his contract due to expire in 2023.
TalkSPORT’s claim comes one week after they said the Magpies were also ‘monitoring’ Everton stopper Jordan Pickford. You’d think St James’ Park was a library with all the alleged ‘monitoring’ going on.
Perhaps this is the new ‘get it over the line’ – Alan Pardew’s favourite saying.
Schmeichel didn’t enjoy his last trip to St James’ Park
The Denmark international was in Newcastle recently, picking the ball out of his net in the 95th minute. Bruno Guimaraes netted a last-second winner to hand Eddie Howe’s side all three points.
It was the second time that afternoon that Bruno got the ball past Schmeichel. The Leicester man could do nothing about the winner, but was slightly embarrassed by the first.
A corner fell to the feet of the Brazilian, but his tame effort was saved by Schmeichel. However, Bruno got another bite at it and stabbed it through the legs of Schmeichel, who was unable to gain control of the ball.
The Leicester goalkeeper quickly protested, as he always does, and a VAR check took place to see if the goal should stand.
Replays proved Bruno had done nothing wrong. It was a fair challenge and the goal stood, leaving Schmeichel with egg on his face.
There’s surely no way Kasper Schmeichel joins Newcastle
Given all the rumours swirling round, it appears very clear that the club want a new goalkeeper this summer.
Hopefully that’s to compete with Martin Dubravka rather than replace him. While he did drop a bit of a clanger against Manchester City, he’s been largely good throughout 2022.
A move for Schmeichel would be an improvement, however. The Leicester captain is one of the top stoppers in the Premier League today.
But a transfer to Newcastle just wouldn’t make sense – mainly for the Magpies.
Dubravka is currently 33-years-old. So you’d imagine anyone who arrives will be younger than him. For example, Dean Henderson has been heavily linked and he’s only 25.
In contrast, Schmeichel is 35, and turns 36 before the end of the year. We might get a couple of years out of him, but then we’ll have the same problem all over again.
Howe needs a goalkeeper who can challenge and eventually replace Dubravka. That’s not going to happen with Schmeichel, who would immediately expect to be the club’s number one.
While he might be a great goalkeeper, this is a rumour that feels like absolute nonsense. Not as much as ‘Jordan Pickford to Newcastle’, but still pretty nonsensical.