In light of the possibility that David De Gea may be allowed to go on a free transfer, Manchester United is considering a move for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Although United has the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months, the 31-year-deal old’s expires at the end of the current campaign.
With a base wage of almost £ 350,000 per week, the Spaniard is the club’s second-highest earner after Cristiano Ronaldo.
De Gea, a former star for Atletico Madrid, has had a dismal start to the season despite being among the most paid football players in the world.
De Gea can play the sweeper-keeper position that Erik ten Hag expects of his no. 1s, but ten Hag is sure that De Gea can be united and has abandoned playing out from the back following losses to Brentford and Brighton.
The Dutchman requires a goalkeeper with good footwork to counter the pressure of the opposition to play his style of football.
This prompted United to search the market for a new goalkeeper, and according to the Telegraph, the team is now showing interest in Everton’s star Pickford.
The England international is among the league’s finest with his feet, but there are still concerns about his handling and temperament.
The club, however, is also concerned about De Gea’s future because of his salary after data this week showed that the club has the highest payroll expense in the Premier League.
Ronaldo is most likely to leave at the end of the current campaign, but United tried to reduce their payroll in the summer by releasing Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, and Jesse Lingard.
Elsewhere Juventus might try to sign De Gea in the coming summer, claims Calcio Mercato. The Italian club has a history of dealing with Manchester United, most notably signing Paul Pogba on a free transfer.
De Gea’s contract expiring next summer makes it increasingly probable that he would leave the club for free at the end of the current campaign. In a perfect scenario, Manchester United would be able to obtain a transfer price for him.