Premier League star has admirers at Man Utd as two replacements for De Gea considered
Jordan Pickford and Jan Oblak are still the two goalkeepers on Manchester United’s shortlist if they need to replace David De Gea, according to reports.
De Gea is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford despite agreeing in principle to a £375,000 per week contract as far back as July.
The Spain international’s current deal is set to expire next summer when he would be allowed to leave for free.
Indeed, clubs in Europe will be allowed to negotiate terms with De Gea from January with a pre-contract agreement.
Paris Saint-Germain were linked with a move in the summer, while Serie A champions Juventus are thought to be keen.
Sergio Romero is the current back-up to De Gea but the club would need to look for a replacement should De Gea leave.
And the two names repeatedly being mentioned are Atletico Madrid stopper Oblak and Everton’s Pickford.
Oblak is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football and would not come cheap.
Indeed, United would probably have to beat the £71m that Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao for Kepa Arizzabalaga – a world record fee for a goalkeeper.
Oblak, 26, has a release clause at the Wanda Metropolitano at around £86m, smashing the current record held by the Chelsea stopper.
According to the Athletic, the Slovenia international is being monitored by United scouts.
Atletico are desperate to keep him in Madrid and want him to pen a new deal to more double his release clause to a whopping £174m.
Pickford also has admirers at Old Trafford following his progression since making the move to Everton from Sunderland.
He is likely to cost around £50m if Everton were willing to sell after they paid £30m for him two years ago.
All will become irrelevant should De Gea sign a new deal at Old Trafford but time is running out for United to get the contract over the line.
The last thing they will want is for the Spaniard to be allowed to leave for nothing.