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Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea eyeing move for ‘outstanding’ first-choice star for World Cup giants

Chelsea are looking at Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as a potential future transfer target, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The 28-year-old is currently at the 2022 World Cup with the Three Lions, where he will continue to be Gareth Southgate’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Pickford has done well for England at both the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, as he helped England reach the semi-final and final in both competitions, and his performances will again be important to their potential success.

It looks as though the Everton man could be heading for a fresh challenge at club level soon, following a fresh update.

THE LATEST: CHELSEA EYEING UP MOVE

Writing for Caught Offside, Romano claimed that Chelsea are ‘monitoring’ Pickford’s situation, seeing him as a possible new signing between the sticks:

“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.

“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.”

THE VERDICT: IS HE GOOD ENOUGH?

Pickford is a good goalkeeper who has proven himself at both Premier League and international level – he accumulated 45 caps to his name for England before this afternoon’s clash with Iran, and has been called ‘outstanding’ by Toffees legend Leon Osman – so there is an argument to say he could be a good signing for Chelsea.

That being said, there are question marks over whether or not he is a clear upgrade on Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy, with the Blues in need of a world-class performer in that area.

Pickford has mistakes in him, as shown in Everton’s recent 3-0 loss at Bournemouth, and signing him for a likely large fee may not be worth it when there are superior alternatives out there.

His current Toffees deal expires at the end of next season, however, so the Merseysiders could consider selling him once this campaign reaches this conclusion, in order to risk losing him for free further down the line.

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