Chelsea will keep tabs on the performances of Jordan Pickford at the World Cup as they step up their search for a new goalkeeper.
According to The Sun, Graham Potter has identified Pickford as the man to solve the club’s goalkeeper crisis.
Brighton’s Robert Sanchez is also on the radar as Chelsea aim to inject new blood between the sticks with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy yet to convince the new regime at the club.
Pickford has made 213 appearances for Everton since swapping Sunderland for Merseyside in 2017.
He has also firmly established himself as England’s No 1, having clocked up 45 appearances for the Three Lions.
Pickford is widely expected to get the nod for England at the World Cup ahead of Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale and a solid showing in Qatar could have ramifications for the Toffees.
Everton’s financial woes mean Chelsea could look to take full advantage and test Everton’s resolve for the 28-year-old who carries a big salary for the cash-strapped club.
But Chelsea may need to act quickly as Pickford is currently in talks to extend his deal at Goodison Park which ends in 2024.
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The lure of European football, higher wages and the opportunity to fight for trophies could sway Pickford as he enters the peak of his career.
Meanwhile, Sanchez is viewed as a Potter favourite but Brighton are likely to command a sizeable fee for the Spaniard.
Like Pickford, Sanchez is also in Qatar gearing up for Spain’s opening clash against Costa Rica on Wednesday.