Manchester United are plotting a move for Everton keeper Jordan Pickford this summer as they look to replace David De Gea in goal, according to a report.
The Sun has revealed that the Red Devils could shell out as much as £50million to acquire the services of the Toffees shot-stopper – a world record fee.
With De Gea continually being linked with a move to Real Madrid, the Manchester outfit are waiting to see whether the Spaniard’s head is turned by their attention before they attempt to capture the former Sunderland star.
It is reported by the Sun that Pickford tops United’s “emergency list”.
Pickford, 23, has been the stand-out performer in an otherwise disappointing season for the Blues after so much was expected from the club in light of their spending frenzy last summer.
Football Insider verdict:
With Pickford under contract with Everton until 2022, United will have to pay up big time if they are going to land their target. The figures of £50m – which would make the 23-year-old the world’s most expensive player in his position – will probably not be enough to force the Toffee’s hand to sell. The England international is vital to Everton’s plans going forward and they cannot afford to lose Pickford. Were it not for the safe hands of the stopper, the Merseyside club would be in a much worse position than 10th in the Premier League.
In other Everton transfer news, Toffees miss out on deal for enforcer as Leeds wrap up last-ditch swoop.