Everton are set to be in for a busy few days in the transfer window if recent reports are to be believed. The club has already been strongly linked with moves for Malaga forward Sandro Ramirez and Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, and remain in the hunt for Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurðsson, which was rumoured to be close to completion last month, as reported by the Mirror.
The latest news from sources close to the club, writing in the Telegraph, suggests that The Toffees are close to securing the services of Sunderland’s highly-rated goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The 23-year-old had a consistent season, regularly impressing despite his side finishing bottom of the Premier League.
Currently preparing for the Under-21 European Championships with England, Pickford has reiterated that he is focusing on football, rather than his future, meaning Ronald Koeman may be made to wait to get his man.
Everton would be a good fit for Pickford, and they are arguably the best team to join where he could regularly play. Currently, Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles share goalkeeping duties at Goodison Park, but neither has been able to cement their place in the starting XI.
However, despite having room for improvement between the sticks, £30 million is a lot to pay for a young goalkeeper with a single full Premier League season behind him. His cost will undoubtedly have been bumped up by his nationality and suggestions that he is a future England no.1.
Any deal worth near close to £30 million will be made up of add-ons, rather than a one-off fee, but even if the initial payment is significantly less, it should not distort from the price Everton would actually end up paying. Possible add-ons may be based on the number of times Pickford appears for Everton and England, and how many clean-sheets he manages.
The magnitude of the transfer fee is put into some context by this list compiled by the Mirror, which suggests if £30 million was the fee then Pickford would become the third most expensive goalkeeper of all time.
Of course, by the clever use of add-ons, he would rank further back, but still within the top-10. Even then, that is a lot of money for a player who’s ability may have been distorted by the high volume of shots faced at Sunderland last campaign.
For a side who traditionally don’t splash out on lavish transfer fees, £30 million for a ‘keeper is a big risk for Koeman and the club.
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