Everton have reached an agreement with Sunderland to buy Jordan Pickford for £30 million.
Pickford, who is currently preparing for the European Championships with the England Under 21s, is expected to complete a medical and finalise the details of his move when he returns.
The Sunderland stopper was one of the few highlights of his club’s dismal domestic campaign, which saw them relegated to the Championship. After a series of standout performances he was tipped for a big money move to a number of Premiership Sides, including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, however it appears the Toffees have won the race for his signature.
The Merseyside Club are currently light between the sticks, with only Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles on their books.
Sky News are reporting a guaranteed £25 million fee to Sunderland, with an additional appearance related clause that could net the Black Cats up to £5 million extra.
Should the deal go through, Jordan Pickford would become the world’s third most expensive goalkeeper, after Italy’s Gigi Buffon and Manchester City’s Ederson. Ederson made headlines earlier this month when he secured a big money move to Manchester City at a cost of £35 million.
As Everton are splashing big money on the young keeper many football commentators are predicting that the funds came from Romelu Lukaku, who may have finally secured himself a long-awaited move from Goodison Park. Chelsea are the likely destination.
With England’s Joe Hart falling out of favour in the Manchester City setup, Jordan Pickford has been tipped as a future England number 1. He joined the Sunderland academy in 2010 and had a number of loan spells at Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston.
His first-team debut came in January of 2016, in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
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