A very experienced Danish international (84 caps) and semi-finalist of the last Euro with his selection, Schmeichel had been Leicester’s goalkeeper since 2011 and 479 matches in all competitions.
With the English club, he was champion of England in 2016, but also winner of the FA Cup and the Community Shield in 2021. Imposing (1.89 m), he is considered a locker room leader and will have to play this role in Nice, with Captain Dante, with a very young squad.
The amount of the transfer of the Danish goalkeeper, who had his medical examination on the Côte d’Azur on Wednesday morning, has not been revealed, nor has the duration of his contract. But according to various sources close to the club, he would have signed up for two seasons.
Since the opening of the transfer window, Schmeichel is the sixth recruit of OGC Nice. The club, again trained this season by Lucien Favre, has also brought in French midfielder Alexis Beka Beka, 21, recruited for 12 million euros from Lokomotiv Moscow, and raised in June for two million euros. the option to buy Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, 22, already loaned last season by Paris SG.
The club has also brought in the Romanian attacking midfielder Rares Ilie, 19, transferred for 5 million euros from Rapid Bucharest, the Welshman Aaron Ramsey, 31, recruited free after his contract termination with Juventus Turin, and the defender Italian international hopeful central Mattia Viti, 20, transferred from Empoli for 10 million euros.
According to various sources familiar with the matter, Schmeichel, who has done all the preparation with Leicester and played several friendly matches, could be qualified for the trip from Nice to Toulouse on Sunday at the start of the season.