United identity Pickford as a potential replacement for De Gea

Jordan Pickford
SEVILLE, SPAIN - OCTOBER 14: Jordan Pickford of England looks on during an England training session ahead of their UEFA Nations League match against Spain at Estadio Benito Villamarin on October 14, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Manchester United have identified Jordan Pickford as a potential replacement for David De Gea.

United have earmarked the England shot-stopper to replace David De Gea, should the Spain international refuse to extend his contract at Old Trafford.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has rapidly emerged as one of the best young goalkeepers in football over the last few years.

Pickford starred at the World Cup in Russia, as the Three Lions reached the semi-finals, and has carried the same form over to the current season with Everton.

De Gea’s contract at United expires in less than two years, despite efforts from the United boss to extend his current, negotiations have failed to make significant progress.

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The contract situation with the former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper has led to United searching for a suitable replacement should De Gea decide to push for a move.

Reports in the English press suggest Jose Mourinho’s side would have to pay £60m to convince Everton to sell.

Pickford will be in goal for England in their crucial UEFA Nations League game against Croatia and he has called on his teammates to seize the moment and gain revenge after their World Cup heartache.

“We know we got the draw against them away when there were no fans, so that was a different atmosphere, but I think the crowd will be rooting for us on Sunday and it’ll be a good game,” Pickford said via Mirror Football.

“If we win the game, we go through and the rest is history. I think there will be that bit more added pressure but I think that’s what we’re capable of dealing with.”


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