The Red Devils have already signed goalkeeper Jack Butland this month. However, speculation is rife about David De Gea’s future, who will be out of contract this summer unless an agreement is reached.
Manchester United transfer news: Jordan Pickford?
The Sun recently reported that Jordan Pickford is eager to commit his future to Everton, despite the fact that contract negotiations have stalled owing to a pay dispute. Manchester United are aware of this development and is thought to be willing to increase his salary to entice the 28-year-old goalkeeper to join them at Old Trafford.
Salary Sport reports that the England international makes £110,000 at Goodison Park on a contract that extends until 2024, which may suggest his pay package would increase dramatically if Pickford left. Tottenham is also interested in bringing the Toffees player to North London and would be willing to pay him a lucrative contract.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United’s current number-one goalkeeper, David De Gea, would be adversely impacted by the new pay ceiling regulations implemented at the club.
The ‘Ronaldo rule’ prohibits players from earning more than £200,000 per week, which means the Spaniard may have to considerably reduce his £375k-a-week income to stay in Manchester beyond the summer.
What did Fabrizio Romano have to say about Jordan Pickford?
Despite Everton’s efforts to hold Pickford down, transfer insider Fabrizio Romano revealed that when asked if United, Chelsea, and Tottenham were interested in the 50-cap England ace, he said:
“Everton will try to push again for Pickford to sign the contract, but it’s true that all these clubs [Man Utd, Chelsea, and Tottenham] are following Pickford.
“It has the potential to be a significant market opportunity.”
Will Jordan Pickford take over for David De Gea at Manchester United?
If De Gea does leave Old Trafford this summer, Pickford would be someone to bring in who has proven experience in the Premier League as well as at the international level with England.
According to FootyStats, the 28-year-old ace has been in excellent form for Everton this season, saving 73% of the shots he has faced across all competitions.
Pickford played 18 Premier League games for the Toffees in 2022/23, with three clean sheets. Of course, nuance plays a role in the discussion, as Everton is fighting for survival, having conceded 24 goals in the English Premier League as a team.
Nonetheless, most commentators and fans throughout the country agree that Pickford has been one of the few shining lights at Goodison Park during a period of turbulence on and off the field.
If De Gea decides to leave Manchester United in the next months, Pickford would be an excellent successor who might succeed at Old Trafford if this hypothetical trade goes through.