Jordan Pickford has emerged as the number one target to replace Thibault Courtois should the Belgian number one decide to walk away from the Bridge and join Real Madrid.
The England stopper had a spell-bounding World Cup and has only added value to his transfer fee with his performances during England’s run to the semi-finals. Pickford only moved to Everton last summer and it would take a fee upwards of £50 million to prise him away from Goodison Park.
Chelsea have been linked with Pickford’s England colleague Jack Butland in recent weeks, as well as Danish number one Kasper Schmeichel but it appears that Pickford is the preferred choice of the club, and work will now begin to bring him to the club before the August 9th deadline.
There is no indication at this stage how Pickford feels about the move but given that Chelsea have a more realistic chance of reaching the Champions League this season and have genuine trophy aspirations, you have to believe that he would favour a move to the Bridge.
This story has only come to top the news headlines as Courtois looks as though he’s moving ever closer to a move over to the Bernabeu, despite current number one Keylor Navas reportedly being offered a new contract at the Spanish giants.
Any move for Pickford is likely to quash rumours of a fairytale return for Chelsea legend Petr Cech, which have been circulating over the past few weeks. The Czech stopper spent nine years at the Bridge and has seen more competition arrive at his current club Arsenal in the form of German Bernd Leno, who has Joined from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.
If the Pickford move does come to fruition he will join fellow English goalkeeper Robert Green at the Bridge after he completed his own move earlier this week.