Everton demanded £70 million from Manchester United to sign Jordan Pickford this summer.
That’s according to the Express, who have reported that the Red Devils ended their pursuit because of the goalkeeper’s hefty price tag.
Pickford has been a key asset to Everton’s consecutive relegation battles in the last two years and has attracted interest this summer because of his excellent form.
The England international was even praised by Jurgen Klopp after the Merseyside derby in September, with the German complimenting Pickford on the amount of saves he made.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard was also impressed by the Everton hero, saying: “He’s got his fingertips on a few bits today which a lot of keepers don’t get and Alisson the same, two top class keepers.”
With David de Gea leaving Old Trafford as a free agent, Manchester United were said to have been keen to replace him with Pickford in between the sticks.
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However, they were forced to pull out because of the Toffees’ demands and instead turned their attention to Andre Onana.
The Inter Milan shot-stopper has agreed a £43m move to the Premier League after reaching the Champions League final a few months ago.
While Everton look to make over double the price they paid for Pickford six years ago, Football Transfers previously reported that the Merseyside club are willing to part ways with the 29-year-old in a bid to fund their own arrivals.
Everton won’t sell Jordan Pickford for £70m this summer
While it’s a bit confusing that Everton are even considering selling arguably last season’s best player, their £70m price tag looks a lot more promising for supporters.
The Daily Star claimed last month that Manchester United were preparing a £45m bid for his signature, which would have been a ridiculous offer to accept for the Toffees.
It seems highly unlikely that any team will be willing to pay such a fee which means he may remain an important player at Goodison Park next season, though if they do, then Everton have done very well to rake in such a fee.