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United to come knocking for Everton star

De Gea expected to leave and Pickford is the target for Red Devils

Manchester United v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

David De Gea is still nowhere near signing a contract extension with Manchester United when his current deal expires in 2020. The tabloid speculation has continued to mount as they race to identify his potential suitor continues, but the latest linked is Everton and England number one Jordan Pickford.

The Red Devils have been interested in Pickford since earlier this year, and maintained their interest when he went to Russia as the Three Lions’ starting goalkeeper. The Blues’ goalie started the season slowly as the defence in front of him settled in, but has since then looked very good with Everton picking up three clean sheets in their last six games.

Everton and United doing business has already been mentioned this international break, with rumours that the Blues could be looking at an unwanted defender. Media speculation has seen both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo linked, with the Argentine more likely having seen barely any playing time this season under Jose Mourinho.

Pickford will be between the sticks for England today going up against Croatia, who knocked them out at the World Cup semifinals stage this last summer. The UEFA Nations League clash at Wembley will be an opportunity to avenge that extra time loss.

Speaking ahead of the game, Pickford said -

“We know we got the draw against them away when there were no fans, so that was a different atmosphere, but I think the crowd will be rooting for us on Sunday and it’ll be a good game.

“If we win the game, we go through and the rest is history. I think there will be that bit more added pressure but I think that’s what we’re capable of dealing with.”

A win for the English will see them leapfrog Spain and qualify for the Final Four of the competition, while a loss will result in relegation to League B.