MANCHESTER UNITED suspect Kasper Schmeichel of replacing David De Gea as No.1 next season.
Leicester ace Schmeichel is seen as a ready-made option to enter, with De Gea suffering from a huge drop in form and loan star Dean Henderson still at rookie level.
Schmeichel, son of Old Trafford legend Peter, has three more years to sign his contract with King Power.
But the 2016 title winner, 33, would be relatively cheap to buy compared to the much-loved Jan Oblak, 27, of Atletico Madrid, who has a release clause of around £ 109million.
SunSport understands United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has doubts that Henderson, 23, is ready for the top position, despite a stellar season on loan at Sheffield United.
And the Norwegian can no longer offer his blind support to error-prone 29-year-old De Gea.
Statistics for the Spaniard would show a steady decline in his performance.
Solskjaer is in desperate need of a trusted keeper as he prepares for a Prem challenge and the club’s return to the Champions League next season.
Solskjaer has already spoken to his team in recent weeks to study De Gea’s numbers in detail over the past few years.
Henderson may still need a year or two to reach such a level.
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And Solskjaer cannot at this point tell the player that he will unquestionably be the No.1.
With a place in next summer’s Euros in the lead, Henderson is keen to be assured of regular first-team action to stay on Gareth Southgate’s plans.
Schmeichel has proven to be a constant performer and played in Leicester’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals three years ago.
And with seven years of experience in the goal for Denmark, he could provide the solution to United’s problem.
His arrival would mean Solskjaer wouldn’t have to worry about his goalkeeper on a weekly basis.
And that would allow United to consider selling De Gea, take his £ 375,000 a week salary off his payroll – and also give them more time to make a decision on Henderson.