Manchester United Eye World Record Replacement For David De Gea

Manchester United have avoided the disaster of losing David de Gea for now but with the Spaniard's deal only guaranteed for another 18 months they are already eyeing a potential replacement for him.

David de Gea might have conceded twice for Manchester United on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho's side had to come back from 2-0 down to earn a point away at Southampton, but the team still can't do without the Spaniard.

The 28 year old has won four of the last five Player of the Year awards at the club, making him the most decorated player in the history of United for that award, and is integral to any success they've had recently and could have going forward.

His contract was due to run out at the end of the season, meaning clubs outside of England could start negotiating with him January, until the Red Devils activated a one year option on his contract.

That though only gives them a one year grace and with PSG reportedly ready to pounce on De Gea the Premier League side need to tie him down for longer in the summer, sell him or risk losing him for nothing.

According to the Mirror, United are eyeing up a move for Everton's Jordan Pickford and are ready to offer a world record £70 million for the England international.

Pickford became a national hero in Russia. Image: PA
Pickford became a national hero in Russia. Image: PA

Pickford's performances for Sunderland in their relegation season from the Premier League persuaded Everton to pay £30 million for him.

His first season at Goodison Park saw him become England's number one and he impressed at the World Cup with some brilliant performances.

Chelsea were linked with a move for the 24 year old in the summer but instead signed Kepa Arrizabalaga as Thibaut Courtois' replacement.

Losing De Gea has been previously unthinkable for United. Image: PA Images
Losing De Gea has been previously unthinkable for United. Image: PA Images

De Gea reportedly wants to know what the future of United is, whether Jose Mourinho will be staying and whether or not they can match his ambitions.

The former Atletico Madrid number one also wants parity with the top earners at Old Trafford and wants around £350k.

Considering the wages paid to Alexis Sanchez and the Chilean's lack of positive impact on the team it's no surprise De Gea wants similar wages.

Will United's gloves be worn by De Gea or Pickford in the future?

Ryan Sidle

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