Claudio Ranieri jokes he would swap Kasper Schmeichel for Lionel Messi

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Claudio Ranieri could be forgiven if he wanted to keep every member of his Leicester City squad at the King Power Stadium beyond this summer.

The Foxes could be crowned Premier League champions on Sunday - a remarkable feat that has to go down as one of the most miraculous sporting triumphs ever.

However, it’s inevitable that Europe’s top clubs will be circling for some of Leicester’s star players this summer, particularly the likes of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante, Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel.


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Barcelona have been linked with Schmeichel in recent weeks, but Ranieri isn’t prepared to sell the Danish goalkeeper on the cheap.

"It's fantastic — how much money?!” Ranieri responded in his press conference, per the Mirror. “Or we can change Lionel Messi with Kasper!"

We’re not sure if Barcelona are that desperate to sign Schmeichel, but it’s worth an ask.

Who knows, Messi might even fancy a move to the King Power after what’s happened this season.

Ranieri: Stop comparing Kasper to his father!

On a more serious note, Ranieri was keen to play down the comparisons with Schmeichel and his famous father Peter, who represented Manchester United for eight successful years.

"I think it's so the right moment not to speak about his father,” Ranieri added. "Kasper Schmeichel is a fantastic player, a fantastic keeper, with his own personality and he deserves this.

"For me he was never in this shadow. For this reason I say, 'Finish! Stop (talking about his dad)!"

It's Leicester's title to lose now

Leicester need three points from their final three matches to win the league title for the first time in their history.

Currently seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham, who face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, the title is certainly theirs to lose now.

How many players would Leicester City need to give Barcelona in order to sign Lionel Messi? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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