Everton agree fee to buy Sunderland keeper Pickford, report says

  • Everton agree fee to buy Sunderland keeper Pickford, report says

Everton agree fee to buy Sunderland keeper Pickford, report says

The deal would make Pickford the third most expensive goalkeeper in history, behind Ederson (£35m Benfica to Man City, 2017) and Gianluigi Buffon (£33m Parma to Juventus, 2001).

This could have implications for David de Gea.

Though the price tag looks high, Everton will consider the move to be a shrewd one in light of Pickford's age and experience in both the Premier League and worldwide set-up.

Pickford, who is now on global duty with England's under-21 team, will become the third most expensive goalkeeper in football history should the deal go through.

Pickford has postponed a decision on his future until after the European Under-21 Championship in Poland.

Manager Ronald Koeman looks to continue to shape The Toffees in his own image, with the goalkeeper position been one of the weak points of their side last season in the hands of Joel Robes and Maarten Stekelenburg.

Younger than those alternatives, too, Pickford has every chance to become Southgate's number 1 for years to come.

Pickford is renowned for his shot stopping and distribution.

The Sunderland academy player will become the most expensive British goalkeeper in history when the move is completed, and is now in Poland with the England Under-21′s preparing for the Euros. Dutch outlet De Telegraaf say that they are close to signing the 24-year old, who netted 20 goals in all competitions last season, for a £26.5 million fee.

Pickford has enjoyed a brilliant season at the Stadium of Light, despite Sunderland suffering Premier League relegation, and has began to attract the attention of some of the top flight's heavy hitters.

Our guess would be at least double that fee.