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Leicester icon Schmeichel ‘agrees move away from EPL club’

Kasper Schmeichel has reportedly agreed to leave Leicester City this summer after agreeing personal terms with French club Nice.

The Foxes goalkeeper has been with the East Midlands side since joining from Leeds United in 2011 and during that time has played an important role in helping the Foxes win the Premier League and the FA Cup.

However, the 35-year-old has failed to agree a new deal on top of the £120,000 per week contract he currently has according to L’Equipe is now set for a move to Nice to end his memorable stay at the King Power Stadium.

But the report adds that completion of any deal is on hold as part of the agreement involves Leicester being able to sign a replacement goalkeeper before the end of the transfer window.

Sportsmail reported on Monday that Nice had been preparing a bid for Schmeichel who has only missed one Premier League game in the last four seasons for the Foxes.

Replacing Schmeichel is not a simple task for Leicester, and their best back-up option at the club is Danny Ward who has made just three Premier League appearances during his 11-year career.

Leicester are ready to consider offers for Schmeichel having failed to agree a new deal and are keen to recoup a transfer fee before his contract runs out next summer.

Schmeichel’s pending departure comes following a pre-season where the Foxes No 1 was curiously given an extra week off to rest following international duty at the end of last season.

Either way, boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen to name a No 1 keeper ahead of next term as he looks to improve a defence that often looked weak defending against set-pieces last season.

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