Leicester City‘s Kasper Schmeichel believes that the prices clubs are paying for goalkeepers has become “‘ridiculously high”
The Denmark international made these comments following Liverpool and Chelsea both making record-breaking signings in goalkeepers Alisson for £65m and Kepa Arrizabalaga in the penultimate day of the English transfer window for £71m.
These prices are something that Schmeichel is struggling to get his head around, although he admits that it is money well spent.
“I think generally transfers are ridiculously high at the moment,” said Schmeichel, according to Goal.
“It was only a matter of time before goalkeepers would get in on the act, because a good goalkeeper can be the difference between winning the league and not winning the league.
“That’s the market at the moment. I think the Neymar transfer was pivotal to everything. Prices became very inflated and from there it was always going to reach every position.
“You saw it with Virgil van Dijk and now with Alisson – the market value has really gone up high.”
Schmeichel’s former club Manchester City signed Ederson from Benfica last summer for £35m.
And the 31-year-old has been impressed with what he has seen from his counterpart.
“For someone, particularly at that age, to be playing fearlessly as he is, he plays with high risk and his reading of the game is exceptional,” he said.
“It’s a trademark of Guardiola. You saw exactly how he played with Neuer as well.”