Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to break the world transfer record paid for a goalkeeper, as he prepares for life after David de Gea.
The Manchester United manager is fearful the Spaniard wont sign a new deal to remain at Old Trafford, with the clubs top brass struggling to convince him to put pen to paper.
De Gea has long been Uniteds best player, but is being closely pursued by Paris Saint-Germain as he stalls over a new contract.
The main sticking point over him remaining at the club is his huge wage demands. De Gea wants to earn as much as Alexis Sanchez – the clubs best-paid player, however, Uniteds hierarchy are yet to bow to his demands.
Mourinho is anxious he will lose De Gea and is preparing a contingency plan to sign England and Evertons No. 1 Jordan Pickford, according to the Daily Express.
A deal for the former Sunderland goalkeeper is likely to cost United huge sums of money and his fee would eclipse the world record £72milllion that Chelsea paid AThletic Bilbao for Spanish stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga last summer.
United are also keen on Jan Oblak, but believe they can wrap up a more affordable deal to sign Pickford rather than triggering the Atletico Madrids £87m release clause.
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