Everton is considering a move for Crystal Palace star Sam Johnstone in the event that Jordan Pickford joins Manchester United, reports the Metro.
Manchester United is currently seeking a new goalkeeper as David de Gea is unlikely to remain at Old Trafford, following months of speculation about his future. De Gea’s contract is set to expire at the end of June, and while a new deal was expected, there seems to be a lack of agreement between the player and the club, primarily due to his £375,000-a-week salary.
Additionally, it is known that Erik ten Hag is interested in acquiring a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with playing the ball, as De Gea made several notable mistakes last season with his feet, despite winning the Premier League golden glove with 17 clean sheets. Several names, including Andre Onana from Inter Milan and Diogo Costa from Porto, have been linked with Manchester United.
However, recent reports suggest that Ten Hag’s preferred choice is Pickford, and Manchester United is preparing to submit a £45 million bid for the English number one in the near future. Despite signing a new contract with Everton in February, which would keep him at the club until 2027, Manchester United is confident in their ability to secure his transfer due to Everton’s well-known financial challenges.
As a result, Sean Dyche, Everton’s manager, is making plans for life after Pickford and has reportedly identified Sam Johnstone, another England international, as his potential replacement. The 30-year-old goalkeeper, who recently earned his third cap for the national team, displayed impressive form for Crystal Palace towards the end of the season. Johnstone joined Selhurst Park last summer on a free transfer from West Brom and had to wait until April to make his league debut for the Eagles.