Man United identify 23-year-old shot-stopper to replace David de Gea: report

Jordan Pickford

Manchester United have reportedly identified Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford as a potential replacement for David de Gea in the summer. De Gea has been the Red Devils’ standout performer over the past few seasons, and this has apparently maintained Los Blancos’ interest in his signature.

According to The Sun, the Mancunian giants have drawn a contingency plan for the summer, should De Gea opt to join the European champions. A number of goalkeepers have previously been associated with United, and Everton’s Pickford is now said to be leading candidate to replace the ex-Atletico Madrid graduate.

Despite the Toffees’ defensive woes, Pickford has earned some credit for his showing in goal, and it is suggested that Everton would seek a sum of at least £50m, considering United should earn a significantly higher transfer package from the sale of De Gea.

De Gea has remained tight-lipped over a probable extension beyond the summer of 2019, but United do have the option of a 12-month extension, which would prolong his stay until the 2019/2020 season.

Nevertheless, Jose Mourinho’s side will hope to resolve the Spaniard’s future in the coming months in order to avoid any uncertainty in the summer, where Los Blancos are due to spend big owing to their dismal league run.

De Gea kept his 15th clean sheet of the Premier League campaign on Saturday afternoon as Manchester United closed the gap to leaders Manchester City to 13 points. The league is probably out of question at this stage of the season, and the FA Cup should remain the club’s realistic chance of securing silverware this term.

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