By Saikat Mandal

21st Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea want to sign Everton star Jordan Pickford, nothing is advanced

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is one of the many players Chelsea are monitoring at the moment, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Guardian journalist has suggested to Caughtoffside that the Blues may need to replace both Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Pickford has been earmarked as a potential option.

At the moment, talks have not advanced to sign him, nor there is any concrete movement, but a potential exit from Goodison Park in the future cannot be ruled out.

“Jordan Pickford is one of the goalkeepers Chelsea are monitoring at the moment, not the only one but nothing is advanced or concrete yet,” Romano said on Caughtoffside.

“For sure, they need to make a decision on Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga. I think they’re both very good goalkeepers but they need full confidence otherwise it makes no sense to continue.”

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During the summer, Chelsea showed great interest in signing Anthony Gordon but the Toffees did well to keep the player with them. 

In the case of Pickford, the club must do everything to keep hold of the England goalkeeper. He is expected to start for his country against Iran in England’s opening World Cup game on 21 November. 

Pickford has been simply outstanding for the club in the past few seasons, and he is one of the reasons why the Toffees survived the relegation scare last season. 

He made some unreal saves and played a major role in keeping the Toffees in the Premier League. He has maintained his outstanding form in the 2022-23 campaign as well, as the Toffees currently enjoying a strong defensive record in the league. 

Chelsea have the funds to lure Pickford away from Goodison Park, but Everton do not need to fear. He has a contract at the club until 2024, and the Toffees will be able to demand a high transfer fee if at all Chelsea come calling. 

For the moment, let’s hope Pickford enjoys a strong World Cup and continues his impressive form for his country.