Are Man Utd smart or crazy to set their sights on Everton’s number 1

David De Gea is currently stalling on a huge contract, leaving Man Utd considering options for his replacement. Their eyes have gone towards England international Jordan Pickford, but is there an ulterior motive behind this signing?

Man Utd fans are well-aware of David De Gea’s dedication to the club. For many years he kept the side afloat whilst making a name for himself as one of the world’s best between the sticks.

However, being such a talented player and a lucrative name in the industry, David De Gea will want to bag some big trophies before the end of his career. And most admit that this is unlikely with Man Utd.

De Gea’s new contract would make him the highest-paid goalkeeper, at £350,000 per week. But is stalling in case the Red Devils once again fail to achieve Champions League football, which would knock that wage down to £263,000 per week.

As a result, Man Utd are considering options for his replacement, and according to reports, Everton’s Jordan Pickford is the most likely candidate.

Jordan Pickford

Despite Pickford being a great English talent, it is no insult to say he is leagues below the calibre of David De Gea.

Man Utd’s prize possession goalkeeper would leave the club on a free in summer, making the club lose out on a potential world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Setting their sights on the Everton goalie may well be a money-saving ploy, as opposed to losing De Gea for free and replacing him with an equally priced goalkeeper.

This is not a shock to Man Utd fans, who regularly feel robbed when assessing net spends after the ins and outs of a transfer window.

On the other hand, Pickford gained 14 clean sheets in the Premier League last season and is a quality performer for his national side. With Man Utd’s improved defence, perhaps they can afford to have a slightly less astute keeper between the sticks at Old Trafford.