England’s newly established number one goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set for new contract talks with Everton following his performances at the World Cup, according to Sky Sports.
The former Sunderland stopper performed admirably to help his country reach the semi-finals, notably saving Carlos Bacca’s penalty in the shootout against Colombia in the second round and then keeping a clean sheet in the quarter-final against Sweden.
Inevitably, those performances have led to him being linked with a move away from Goodison Park, despite the 24-year-old having four years remaining on his current contract.
After Sunderland were relegated to the Championship, Pickford moved to Everton for an initial fee of £25 million as one of several players brought in by then-manager Ronald Koeman.
Many of those failed to shine, but he was not among them. He went on to be named the club’s Player of the Season, travelled to the World Cup and has now established himself as England boss Gareth Southgate’s first choice between the sticks.
But with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested in Pickford, Everton want to offer him an improved contract once he returns to the club.
The goalkeeper is currently still on holiday after he was given an extended break following the World Cup.
Sky Sports claim Chelsea see Pickford as their number one choice to replace Thibault Courtois should the Belgian head for Real Madrid before the transfer window closes.
However, a move away from Goodison Park is seen as unlikely and he can be expected to commit his future to the club when he comes back and reap the rewards of his fine summer.
That will be a huge boost for Everton fans as well as new manager Marco Silva, who could ill-afford to go into the new season looking for a new goalkeeper as it is the one area of the squad he has not felt the need to reinforce.
It would also force Chelsea – who have recently added former England goalkeeper Robert Green to their ranks – to look elsewhere should their number one swap London for Madrid.