Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is highly admired by Manchester United. So much so, that the Red Devils are considering Pickford as the replacement to David De Gea. EFC want to keep one of their best players in the current team as losing Pickford will substantially affect the squad quality.
Pickford has been EFC’s best player and has been highly influential in the two relegation battles. Had it not been for the Englishman’s heroics in between the posts, the Toffees may have suffered relegation. He is also a solid presence in the locker room and is regarded as a senior player.
Questions were raised over Pickford’s future when he was linked with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. The Englishman signed a new Everton deal in February 2023, extending his stay at Goodison Park till 2027. Despite signing a new deal, interest in Pickford hasn’t died down.
Manchester United readying offer for Everton keeper Jordan Pickford
Spurs are looking for a successor to Hugo Lloris and view Pickford as a perfect candidate. Chelsea are also looking to sign a new No.1 goalkeeper with Edouard Mendy touted to leave the club. Manchester United are also in the race and made Pickford their priority target to replace De Gea.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the month and even though he has been offered new terms, there is a feeling that De Gea will be reluctant to agree to new terms. According to The Mirror, De Gea has been offered a two year contract on reduced terms. The 32 year old was earning £375,000 per week but has been offered reduced terms of £200,000 per week.
Pickford remains on top of the list to replace De Gea as Manchester United are readying a £45 million bid for the English shot stopper. The 29 year old currently earns £100,000 per week at Goodison Park but would double his wages should he join United. The Red Devils will be offering him a 100% raise on his current salary. Manchester United’s involvement in the Champions League also gives them a slight advantage over other rivals like Tottenham and Chelsea who cannot offer UCL football to Pickford.
For Everton, keeping Pickford at Goodison Park will be instrumental to Dyche’s plans. EFC need to retain their best players and build the squad around them or they run the risk of falling into yet another relegation battle next season.
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