It is being reported that Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is on the radar of Spanish side Atletico Madrid. Don Balon is reporting that the Everton stopper is high on the list of manager Diego Simeone’s in the Spanish capital. It comes as Slovenian stopper Jan Oblak, considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world, is being consistently linked with a big-money exit.
For Pickford, who appears to be winning the race to be England number one, it should be seen as a great honour to be linked with Los Colchoneros. One area of the park that Simeone and Atletico often get right is the goalkeeper position.
In the past few years the space between the sticks for Atletico has read like a who’s-who of special talent.
Firstly there was David De Gea, before he headed to Manchester United. After that deal came off Thibaut Courtois was next, spending three seasons at the club on loan from Chelsea. Now the current stopper is Oblak, another world-class option.
Pickford would therefore be following in illustrious footsteps by making the move in the summer, if Atletico did come calling.
Of course, such an eventuality appears unlikely. Whilst the interest of a top La Liga side will flatter the Everton man he is still a newbie at Goodison Park.
Everton paid a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £25 million, potentially rising to £30 million.
The young stopper has had a mixed campaign for the Toffees. Occasionally he has looked every inch the world class stopper Everton hope he will become. However, he is still young and remains prone to mistakes.
There are not many better finishing schools for goalkeepers in the world then at Atletico Madrid. However, Everton still remains the best place for Pickford to continue his playing career.
If the 24-year-old can continue to grow and find himself consistently error-free than Everton have themselves a world-class talent between the sticks. Atletico will have to look somewhere else for their next top goalkeeper.