Pickford Lined Up As De Gea Replacement?
Manchester United are ready to spend £70million on Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford if they lose David De Gea. That’s according to reports today.
De Gea is out of contract at the end of the season although United are expected to trigger a one-year extension clause in his current deal that will keep him at the club until 2020. If they fail to do that then he will be free to speak to overseas clubs from 1 January.
The Sunday Mirror claims United will make a move for Pickford if De Gea leaves next summer. But the piece is largely speculative and can be discounted. There will be no move for Pickford next summer as De Gea will remain at Old Trafford until the end of the 2019-20 season at the earliest.
The Sunday Times weighs in with the claim that the Spaniard could eventually stay at Old Trafford if the club offer him a deal that will make him the club’s highest paid player. That mantle currently belongs to Alexis Sanchez who earns £400,000 a week plus £75,000 for each appearance. The paper claims United have yet to offer De Gea terms he believes are appropriate for someone considered the best goalkeeper in the world.
But time is on United’s side. All that remains in the short term is for them to trigger his extension clause.
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are both being linked with De Gea.
United Fail In Bid For Koulibaly
Meanwhile, reports from Italy claim Manchester United have had a bid of €100million (£91million) for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly rejected by the Italian club.
Jose Mourinho is in the market for a new central defender. United’s defence is the worst outside the bottom five in the Premier League. But Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis rejected United’s bid out of hand according to Corriere dello Sport.