Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is not for sale, according to manager Claudio Ranieri, amid rumours Barcelona are considering launching a bid for the Danish stopper. The 29-year-old has kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League this season, level with Manchester City's Joe Hart, and has been key to the club's shock title challenge.
The Sun understands that with Marc-Andre ter Stegen close to joining either City or Liverpool, the Catalan giants are eager to secure a replacement and have looked no further than the summit of the English top flight. Schmeichel has been an ever-present this term for the Foxes and is on course to win the golden glove – the prize given to the keeper with the most shut outs in a Premier League season – among a host of end-of-season prizes.
But despite Leicester closing in on the title after thrashing Swansea City despite the absence of top scorer Jamie Vardy, Ranieri is refusing to discuss interest in his squad. The Italian has sent a firm warning to Barcelona while also suggesting that all of his squad should be praised – after Riyad Mahrez scooped the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year.
"If you speak about one we have to speak about all my players," said Ranieri, according to Sky Sports, when asked about Barcelona's interest. "Kasper is fantastic. Three of my players are nominated. I think all my players should be nominated because they are doing a fantastic season. They all deserve to win the award."
Speculation regarding Barcelona's plans for the summer transfer window has been few and far between, with Luis Enrique and the club's hierarchy preferring to focus on the club's league title defence. Any additions in the summer are likely to be minimal, with a centre-back and a striker likely to be top of Enrique's wishlist at the end of the season.