Danny Ward has officially joined Leicester City from Liverpool for a fee of £12.5m in a four-year deal.
The departure of the Welsh international comes after the arrival of Roma goalkeeper Alisson in Merseyside for a record breaking fee of £67m. Ward has been frustrated at Liverpool with numerous loan spells and difficultly in breaking into Klopps plans. With Alisson now a Liverpool player, Ward would struggle to gain any match time with Karius and Mingolet preferred above him.
Liverpool are believed to have negotiated a 20% sell-on clause which is a significant factor in the deal. The shot-stopper spent last season at Huddersfield Town where he appeared 43 times, playing a significant part in the Terriers survival. He has also spent time on loan at Aberdeen and Morecambe respectively.
Ward has appeared four times for his country and was a part of the Welsh squad who appeared in the Euro 2016 semi-final. Standing at 6ft 3 and only 25 years old, he is a very positive buy for the Foxes. He will mount a serious challenge to current Leicester number 1, Kasper Schmeichel, and will look to make a serious impact as he finally secures a much wanted permanent move. Yet with this being said, the arrival of Ward in the East-Midlands will surely spark speculation around the future of Schmeichel.
The great Dane is subject to interest from Chelsea and Roma. The interest from London comes with the future of their number 1 goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, in serious doubt as he looks to make a move to Spain and join LaLiga giants Real Madrid. The Belgian is currently 1/6 to depart to Madrid which would leave Chelsea searching for an experienced number 1 and not a huge deal of time to find one. If Courtois does leave Chelsea and Schmeichel takes his place it would complete a goalkeeping merry-go-round with Alisson joining Liverpool, Ward joining Leicester, Schmeichel departing to Chelsea and Courtois making the switch to Madrid.
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