Arsenal are considering a surprise summer move for Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, should they fail in their bid to sign Petr Cech from Chelsea.
The Daily Telegraph reports how the Foxes stopper has impressed during his debut season in the Premier League, and could well have earned himself a big-money transfer to one of the division's big-boys.
Liverpool have also been mooted as an admirer of the Denmark international as well, but the prospect of playing in the Champions League probably gives the Gunners the upper hand over the Anfield rivals.
Schmeichel - son of Manchester United legend Peter - is happy at the King Power Stadium, particularly as Nigel Pearson's side look set to retain their top-flight status next season following a spectacular recent run of form that has produced six wins from their last seven league games.
However, the 28-year-old would find the chance to move to the Emirates Stadium an opportunity that's too good to turn down, especially if he's being signed with a view to taking the No.1 spot from David Ospina in north London.
His arrival would also raise further doubts about the long-term future of Wojciech Szczesny, who lost his place in the side at the turn of the year after a disastrous performance against Southampton at St Mary's on New Year's Day.
In the immediate aftermath of that game the Poland international was allegedly caught smoking in the changing room showers, and he's been restricted to a bit-part role in the FA Cup ever since.
Cech talking to other clubs
The agent of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed his client has been given permission to begin negotiations with other clubs over a prospective transfer this summer.
With a move away from Stamford Bridge now looking a dead certainty, all that remains is establishing the destination for the veteran Blues stopper - Arsenal being a possible option!
Wenger wins wonderkid race
The talented youngster will go straight into the Gunners youth academy, and the League Two outfit are set to be paid around £10,000 in compensation.
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