The Daily Mail has claimed that Real Madrid could make a surprise move to sign Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, after the Toffees veteran has slipped down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
Stekelenburg, who turns 37 in September, is now third choice at Everton after Marco Silva signed Jonas Lossl from Huddersfield Town, after his impressive two-year spell in the Premier League with the Terriers.
Jordan Pickford remains the club’s number one goalkeeper, and that could see Stekelenburg leave with Real Madrid. The Spanish giants need a new stopper with Keylor Navas supposedly on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.
Stekelenburg boasts huge experience, reaching the 2010 World Cup final with the Netherlands and clocking up 281 appearances for Ajax. He has also turned out for Fulham, Roma, Southampton and Monaco.
TBR’s view – Everton should not stop Stekelenburg leaving
In the final year of his contract and with little-to-no chance of playing at any point this season, the goalkeeper should be allowed to leave Everton if Real Madrid do come calling.
Lossl is expected to be given the chance in the Carabao Cup this week, and is likely to do so in the Cups – and act as cover if Pickford becomes unavailable. But Stekelenburg is unlikely to feature at all, and that should see him depart.