Manchester United could pursue Jordan Pickford if club doesn't trigger David de Gea contract extension

Manchester United could pursue Jordan Pickford if the club doesn’t trigger David de Gea‘s contract extension, according to The Telegraph.

De Gea’s contract expires in June, but the Red Devils have a clause inserted in the Spaniard’s deal which means they can extend his contract by a further 12 months.

But the 31-year-old is one of the highest earners at Old Trafford and with it being announced last week that Manchester United have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, a decision on De Gea’s contract is yet to have been made.

Manchester United could pursue Jordan Pickford if club doesn’t trigger David de Gea contract extension

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The report from The Telegraph states: “They are currently assessing their long-term plan and a change of No 1 could bring the likes of England and Everton’s Jordan Pickford into the frame.”

De Gea signed a new £350,000-per-week contract in 2019, although that was reduced after United failed to finish in the top four last season.

Despite not being considered by Spain boss Luis Enrique, De Gea has started every game under Erik ten Hag so far this season.

The former Atletico Madrid stopper, who was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson 11 years ago, had a difficult start to the season and made mistakes in the 4-0 hammering at Brentford.

But with his contract running down at the Theatre of Dreams, Ten Hag and club officials have a decision to make on their number one.

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With Dean Henderson joining Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan, Ten Hag signed Martin Dubravka on loan from Newcastle United.

While United are unlikely to take up the buy option inserted in the deal with the Magpies to sign the Slovakian on a permanent deal, the goalkeeping situation needs to be looked at from a long-term point of view.

United may want De Gea to extend his stay with the club, but his extortionate wages could play a factor.

If the Spain international’s extension isn’t triggered then Henderson will likely want to return and have another opportunity of becoming the club’s number one.

Pickford, 28, will have one year left to run on his Everton contract come the summer and it seems the 45-time England international is being considered as a potential heir to De Gea.

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