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Everton would have to break transfer record for prized Leicester City star

If Everton are determined to make Kasper Schmeichel their permanent replacement for Tim Howard, they will have to put their money where their mouths are and pay a record-setting sum for the Leicester City goalkeeper.

According to the Leicester Mercury, Everton are seeking to submit a £17 million offer for Schmeichel – a figure on par with the record-setting fee Manchester United paid Atletico Madrid in 2011 for David de Gea.

However, the report stated that Leicester City consider Schmeichel to be a vital piece to their Premier League title defense and will demand considerably more than £17 million for their vice-captain – which would almost assuredly break the current English transfer record for a goalkeeper.

Schmeichel allowed just 36 Premier League goals this past season, third fewest in the league and the fewest allowed by any first division Leicester City goalkeeper in the club’s history.

He also recorded 15 clean sheets – tied with Joe Hart and David De Gea for the second-most in the league behind Petr Cech’s 16.

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