Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester United 'to replace De Gea with Pickford'

Manchester United 'to replace De Gea with Pickford'

Spain midfielder Saul Niguez has leapt to the defence of global teammate David de Gea, claiming that the recent criticism of the Manchester United goalkeeper is not good for the team.

De Gea is fancied by Italian giants Juventus, who may try to buy him in the summer or wait a year until he is a free agent.

If De Gea does decide his future lies elsewhere, Jose Mourinho's side will look to England No 1 Pickford to fill the gloves, according to The Sun. In turn they would spend £60m on 24-year-old Jordan Pickford, who is impressing with both Everton and England.

Pickford has impressed at Everton after arriving in a £30 million deal from Sunderland in 2017. He has shown at the World Cup that despite his relatively small size, he is capable of the extraordinary, and is unflappable under pressure.

The 28-year-old faces competition from Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga for the number one spot with Spain, but Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul has paid tribute to De Gea's quality ahead of Sunday's friendly with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Across Manchester, Premier League champions Manchester City are reported to have won the race for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

United are eighth in the table on 20 points, 12 behind leaders and rivals Manchester City, having conceded 21 goals in 12 Premier League games so far. City need a replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho, who will be 34 at the end of the season. They believe that he is now bound for a £60 million move to Barcelona, but the Mail suggests that they do have plans for one signing this January. Liverpool want to strengthen their squad ahead of a push for Champions League and Premier League success, and is now on the fringes of the German global team.

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