Manchester United are on the lookout for a extensive-phrase successor to David de Gea and Everton and England No.1 Jordan Pickford has moved to the front of the queue for the Red Devils.
The winds of improve are sweeping by way of Old Trafford of late. Erik ten Hag has arrived as manager, bringing Lisandro Martinez and Antony with him from Ajax for a merged €160 million outlay.
Christian Eriksen has amazed considering that his free transfer from Brentford, although lengthy-time club talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has been gradually phased out on the 2nd fifty percent of his next spell with the United.
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It has been doing the job: United gained each of their very last four Premier League game titles in advance of the international crack, which involved victories over bitter rivals Liverpool and Arsenal. And De Gea has retained two clean sheets in that time.
But the Spaniard was often extra outstanding with his fingers than his ft, and obtaining accomplished important success with Andre Onana at Ajax, Ten Hag is understood to want a goalkeeper who can be properly involved in building up perform. Pickford could be that man.
Prolonged-time period strategy
“De Gea, who turns 32 in 6 weeks’ time, has nine months left on his recent deal but United can increase until finally 2024 by informing the Spain goalkeeper,” report the Telegraph. “They are presently examining their lengthy-phrase plan and a transform of No.1 could bring the likes of England and Everton’s Jordan Pickford into the body.
“Pickford, 28, has golf equipment diligently checking his condition at Everton as he will have just one particular season left on his deal at the close of the marketing campaign. He is also a homegrown player, which appeals to clubs, and returned to his finest sort previously this season in the draw versus Liverpool ahead of getting struck by a thigh harm.”
Pickford only had just one less clear sheet than De Gea previous season (7 vs. eight) for a team which concluded 10 areas and 19 factors reduce than United in the league, but his common of a person defensive action outside the house of the penalty place for each game – a person far more than De Gea! – over the past 12 months also appeals to the United hierarchy.