Jose Mourinho ready to break world transfer record if 28-year-old star leaves

Jose Mourinho is willing to break the world transfer record paid for a goalkeeper, as he prepares for life after David de Gea.

The Manchester United boss is fearful the Spain international will not sign a new deal to stay at Old Trafford, with the club’s chiefs struggling to convince him to put pen to paper.

David De Gea has long been the club’s best player and Paris Saint-Germain are persuading the stopper as he stalls over a new contract.

The Spaniard wants to earn as much as Alexis Sanchez – the club’s best-paid player, however, Manchester United’s hierarchy are yet to bow to his demands.

Jose Mourinho is anxious he will lose the 28-year-old and is preparing a contingency plan to sign England No. 1 Jordan Pickford, as the Daily Express claims.

A deal for the former Sunderland goalkeeper is likely to cost the club huge sums of money, and his fee would eclipse the world record £72 million that Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao for Kepa Arrizabalaga’s services last summer.

The Red Devils are also keen on Jan Oblak but think they can wrap up a more affordable deal to sign Jordan Pickford rather than triggering the Atletico Madrid’s £87 million release clause.