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Manchester United eyeing summer Pickford move?

| 11/06/2023 30comments  |  Jump to last

The various transfer clickbait sites are reporting that Manchester United have identified Jordan Pickford as David de Gea’s potential successor and will attempt to sign the Everton star before next season.

The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the month and could now leave Old Trafford just days after it was reported that the Red Devils had decided to offer him new terms.

As England's No 1 and player of the season, Pickford is an obvious target but a transfer story that began in The Sun demonstrates the way in which a single nonsense source can gain undue traction as it spreads across the various clickbait sites angling for traffic.

The Sunday tabloids are notorious for outlandish transfer rumours to drive newspaper sales and today's comes from Alan Nixon saying that the Blues would be willing to sell Pickford for just £30m which would represent break-even for the fee they paid Sunderland five years ago and completely ignore both the value of the more recent goalkeeping signings in the Premier League like Kepa's £80m move to Chelsea and his standing at international level.

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In addition, Pickford has just signed a new contract at Goodison Park so it's unlikely that Everton would even listen to offers under £60m for arguably their best player and the indications from the player's representatives are that he wants to stay with the Blues.

"Jordan is very happy at Everton and very settled with his young family. He loves the club and will remain at Everton until we are told otherwise. He is excited to get back for pre-season and help push Everton up the table,a spokesman from CAA Stellar is quoted as saying.


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 11/06/2023 at 12:28:01
A lot of water to flow under the bridge between now and then. It's a different scenario every other day.

Today's spurious rumours are Pickford, Onana sold, Gyökeres, El Bilal Toure, McTominay, in. Oh, and a goalie from somewhere.

Expect something different by tomorrow afternoon.

Tony Everan
2 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:03:00
Andrew, I saw that in a few places, all reporting £30M for Pickford to Man Utd. I don't understand that at all, unless there is something written into his contract or agreement of some sort.

That valuation is way off the mark for our fan survey Player of the Season, and the established England No 1 goalkeeper. A fee double that would be more accurate.

Grant Rorrison
3 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:10:37
Talk of Tom Heaton coming the other way if Pickford does go to Man Utd.

Can you imagine him and Robles battling it out for the Number 1 spot next season? We are so screwed.

Steve Shave
4 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:12:04
Tony, I just texted the same thing to a couple of mates. £30m repeatedly mentioned in relation to Pickford, he is worth double at least. Lazy, biased journalism. His younger, albeit inferior England understudy at Arsenal would no doubt be talked about in the £60M category. Annoying!

If we sold Onana and Pickford for around £110M (we should not accept a penny less) we could rebuild with that. I want Pickford to stay, for the record; I just suspect we offered some assurances to get him to sign the contract.

Ian Bennett
5 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:43:42
If we do need to sell, clubs can sit on their hands and offer a discount on the valuation - knowing we will have to accept by 30th June.

See Richarlison last summer.

Rob Halligan
6 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:49:08
So Pickford apparently had a release clause if we went down, the fee being £35M. Now that we’ve stayed up, that valuation has suddenly dropped to £30M.

More bullshit from the Scum.

Dave Williams
7 Posted 11/06/2023 at 14:55:42
We shouldn't need to sell by end of June as we have the money from Gordon and Kean to hopefully satisfy P&S Rules.
Pickford for £50M would be good provided we can get a decent replacement.

Onana has to be at least £60M. A load if tosh in the press about incomings – not worth reading until someone goes or arrives.

John Williams
8 Posted 11/06/2023 at 15:17:59
Sky Sports saying Fulham interested Demarai Gray.

Well, we got him for a song… does that mean we sell for the same amount?

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 11/06/2023 at 16:04:44
John #8,

“Well we got [Gray] for a song, does that mean we sell for the same amount.”

They might settle for a couple of lines if not a full song.

“Not to be sniffed at”, I hear you say.

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 11/06/2023 at 17:11:05
It makes sense for Man Utd. De Gea has been ropey for many seasons now, despite redeeming himself now and again. Pickford is just the sort of keeper they need – with excellent ball control for passing out of defence, good distribution and shot-stopping.

Price is determined by market forces, not quality. So realistically we're not going to get £70M ish Chelsea paid for Kepa – but equally we should get plenty more than the £25m ish Arsenal paid for Ramsdale (noting that Milan, Dortmund and Villa each paid about £15M for Maignan, Kobel and Martinez – all of whom are valued higher than Pickford on Transfermarkt, for what it's worth).

We could, therefore, get as little as, say, £40M for Pickford when really he should be considered the best England goalkeeper since Seaman (and he's certainly achieved more with England than Seaman) – and only just outside the goalkeeping elite of Courtois, Alisson, Ederson and Oblak.

The only way we'll get more is, I expect, if Chelsea and / or Spurs chase his signature too.

Pat Kelly
11 Posted 11/06/2023 at 17:50:35
We'll probably take Maguire and a fiver for him.
Steve Brown
12 Posted 11/06/2023 at 17:54:33
Robert, I constantly marvel at the low-ball transfer fees you assign to Everton's few talented players.

£40 million for the England Number 1 keeper to join another English Premier League team? Thank goodness you are not in charge of our negotiations.

Robert Tressell
13 Posted 11/06/2023 at 18:30:20
Since the entire market knows we're desperately skint, keep marvelling then, Steve.

To my knowledge I haven't actually been materially wrong about any of the predicted sale prices. By all means call it out if I have – but the price isn't determined by what you or I think Pickford is worth. It's determined by what a buying club believes a club on its knees financially will accept.

Personally I think Pickford is "worth" (to us) £80M(+) but no-one is going to pay that unfortunately.

Greg Nelli
14 Posted 12/06/2023 at 02:19:52
How long was the new deal he signed?
Tony Everan
15 Posted 12/06/2023 at 05:33:09
Greg, Contracted to the club until June 2027. Who knows whether there is a clause to allow move to a Champions League club at a set price, or if there is a gentleman’s agreement. There were rumours an agreement of a £35m sale fee was struck if we were relegated, but that’s it.
Greg Nelli
16 Posted 12/06/2023 at 05:39:52
Cheers Tony.

Who knows? but anything under $50m would be a major disappointment

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 12/06/2023 at 06:37:27
No player is irreplaceable, but I hope not.

He's had his critics at Everton, myself included.

He is not a keeper that commands his box. He rarely comes outside of the 6-yard box. He punts for territory like a Rugby Union player, the ball often going into touch.

But as a shot-stopper and instinctive goalkeeper, there aren't many better. At 29, just about to go into his prime. And he cares. The amount of times he has literally made me stop breathing as I tried to fathom how it wasn't a goal against us.

To have built his reputation at his boyhood club, who he was relegated with, and then with Everton, who he almost got relegated with twice, speaks volumes. He's done it the hard way.

Many of us questioned his temperament early doors. The Anfield moment. But he has matured over the past few seasons.

I hope this is just rumour. Having released a keeper, we would have to sign a replacement as I don't think Lonergan is the answer.

We have other priorities. Unless Pickford pushes this one (if there are legs in it), hold our nerve.

Chris Green
18 Posted 12/06/2023 at 09:09:54
I love this. £30m for the England #1, our best player and a guy on a long contract... but £40m for Raya is too much!? Ha ha.. These papers are ridiculous. If Pickford had less than a year and wanted to leave, maybe... but this is just designed to unsettle. £60m minimum would be where I'd start. Is he worth that in the current market? Arguable, but to us he DEFINITELY is. And he wants to stay apparently.
Nick Page
19 Posted 12/06/2023 at 09:21:43
£100m end of story. And no shitty player swaps on Sky 6 contracts. We don't need or want them. They can afford it. That's the price for England international in a highly specialised position.

We always pay too much and let our assets go for less than market rates. One of the reasons we're in this shitty position.

Time to change the narrative, Everton, and no more Fluffy Bill transfers keeping his mates in the other boardrooms happy so he can rub shoulders with them after the match, pretending he's the transfer maestro. The fucking weasely fraud.

Brian Harrison
20 Posted 12/06/2023 at 09:27:05
Just to say The Bobble, who seems very well connected with someone at Everton as his information is always spot on, said that Pickford is happy and settled at Everton and his wife and children love it here.

Now obviously, had we gone down, a deal to buy him would already have been sorted, but we didn't and, as Rob Halligan said there, was allegedly a release clause in his contract had we gone down for £35 million so now that we didn't go down, how come the price has?

Obviously Pickford must look at the reported salary of De Gea of around £340,000 per week and wouldn't mind that sort of salary that he won't get with Everton, but equally he isn't going to go anywhere as a back-up keeper.

But should Man Utd up the money and Pickford goes, maybe we should get Mason Greenwood in exchange? He ticks all the boxes: quick, strong and a regular goal scorer.

Seems since the rape allegations for which he was found not guilty, Man Utd want him to spend some time away before bringing him back in the squad. But we don't want him on loan — it must be a permanent deal.

Rob Halligan
21 Posted 12/06/2023 at 09:39:14
The Scum saying Man Utd will offer Tom Heaton as part of any deal for Pickford.

For fuck's sake, Heaton is 37 years old. I might as well dig me gloves out, but god knows where they are? Still, I've got a few weeks to find them! 👍👍👍

Will Mabon
22 Posted 12/06/2023 at 12:52:07
"Ready to make a £30 million bid for Jordan Pickord..."

Ready... oh, I bet they are.

The whole rumour market is mostly bullshit. It's still annoying though to see the "big teams" and/or their media sycophants playing their games with ludicrous under-valuations, like it will actually influence the price down.

Man Utd the other day were quoted £74M for a foreign keeper. Not someone whose name I recall and unlikely to be better than Pickford. Go and get fucked.

Paul Tran
23 Posted 12/06/2023 at 13:40:23
Well, United ought to be looking for another keeper.

The thing is, everybody underrates Pickford, except his team mates, Everton and Gareth Southgate. Luckily for us, that means he's less likely to leave us unless we need a fire sale.

I'd say £60M, thought it's not a secret that we're skint and not particularly good negotiators.

I'll take this one with a pinch of salt, like all the 'exclusive' click bait nonsense.

My policy is to pay little attention until they're wearing the shirt. Plenty of time to slate them after that point!

Phil Lewis
25 Posted 13/06/2023 at 07:49:49
We need the money by all accounts.

Pickford, Onana and Calvert-Lewin are our most sellable assets. In view of Pickford's unpredictability, Calvert-Lewin's injury record and Onana's sheer uselessness, I would sell all three to the highest bidders.

The total amount (along with the transfer of certain others considered 'deadwood'), if spent wisely by Dyche on replacements, could provide a crucial backbone for the team and a springboard for success.

Jamie Morgan
27 Posted 13/06/2023 at 09:08:39
I love Jordan Pickford. I think he's been great for us; after a few moments of madness, he's matured into a real leader and a top-class keeper!

He hasn't moaned for a move and worked his ass off to keep us up 2 years on the trot. But I wouldn't begrudge him his time in the Champions League and a crack at titles. It must piss him off seeing Ramsdale and Pope up in the Top 4.

If Man Utd offered Dean Henderson (before he goes to Forest) and Scott McTominay, then I'd snap their hands off.

Dan Nulty
28 Posted 13/06/2023 at 09:19:47
Can't see this happening.

Not that he isn't good enough, just that Utd won't want to sign him. They will sign Diogo Costa instead.

Dan Nulty
29 Posted 13/06/2023 at 09:27:29
And anyone who thinks we will get decent money for Calvert-Lewin is dreaming. He won't be going anywhere either. Onana is the only one worth anything and I'm not sure who will buy him as Arsenal are getting Rice, Chelsea signing Caicedo and paid out for Enzo.

I fully expect us to be going into next season with a similar squad and one or two free transfers. Maitland-Niles, Bertrand, Perez… I can't see it being more exciting than that.

Not sure why anyone good would touch us with a barge pole. Says a lot about how low our stock is that even Zaha hasn't been linked with us after our big money offer a couple of years ago.

Fran Mitchell
30 Posted 13/06/2023 at 09:29:54
They can have him for £30 million if we get Diallo, Henderson, and McTominay as part of the deal.

Otherwise, £80 million or get lost.

Sam Hoare
31 Posted 13/06/2023 at 09:30:08
I'm not sure any club would be willing to pay more than £35/40M for Pickford. There are a few really good, younger keepers available for that price.

And I'm not sure Everton, where he is a cult hero and helped stave off relegation twice, would sell him for less than £45/50M.

So he will stay. And probably leave for nothing in 4 or 5 years. Which I guess is okay if he keeps playing well and keeps us in the Premier League. Ideally, well run clubs are selling off some of their prime assets before they drop in value. But then we're not well run. So far…

Justin Doone
32 Posted 14/06/2023 at 15:56:40
Yes, Please! £40M

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