Everton are reportedly set to negotiate a new contract for Jordan Pickford, to fend off predatory interest from the likes of Chelsea who have been credited with uncorroborated interest in the goalkeeper.
The Toffees are determined to hang on to the 24-year-old after one season at Goodison Park and, according to Paul Joyce in The Times, will offer him improved terms to secure his immediate future when he returns from his post-World Cup break next week.
Chelsea are said by Sky Sports to have made Pickford their top choice as replacement for Thibaut Courtois should the Belgian 'keeper join Real Madrid.
The Belgian, who comments about Pickford ironically caused a stir in Russia this summer following the goal that the England star conceded during the two countries' meeting in the group stage of the tournament.
Courtois was forced to try and walk back his criticism of Pickford and his inferior height after Belgium's 1-0 win.
Pickford only arrived at Goodison Park last year in a deal from Sunderland that could eventually be worth £30m. Were Chelsea to firm up any in him, that price tag would almost certainly double at the very least and would likely need to eclipse the £67m Liverpool just paid for Brazilian stopper Alisson Becker.
His three-week vacation means that the England hero will not be in goal for Everton's final pre-season game against Valencia at Goodison Park this weekend.
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1 Posted 29/07/2018 at 22:05:41
If true, that's a great statement of intent from our club in warning off any potential moves on him. Plus reassures Pickford how much he means to the club and that he is every bit a part of the future of Everton.
2 Posted 29/07/2018 at 22:16:03
3 Posted 29/07/2018 at 22:17:17
Why should the club give him a rise? Personally I think he has loads to learn and right now is over-rated.
4 Posted 30/07/2018 at 02:04:43
I imagine it's more about restating our faith in him and our desire to keep him, which in this day and age means keeping him (and his agent) happy. Nothing will do that quite like more money.
So not really the time to call him overrated, get pissy about him learning lessons, needing to improve his distribution and shot-stopping.
5 Posted 30/07/2018 at 02:29:10
6 Posted 30/07/2018 at 03:07:03
7 Posted 30/07/2018 at 04:18:39
8 Posted 30/07/2018 at 04:27:28
In his first season, he got voted:
1. Player of the season
2. Young player of the season
3. Players player of the season
He's just had an excellent world cup, which has brought him alot of media attention. Which now have him rumoured as being a top target for one of the top 6.
The lads stock this year has sky rocketed. So why shouldn't that be rewarded, as others have mentioned, it will keep both him and his agent happy and also give us more control in getting a higher price if we ever sold.
9 Posted 30/07/2018 at 05:26:33
But... It stings a bit doesn't it?
If we buy someone who flops, we get lumbered with a player on big wages who is hard to shift.
If we buy someone who does well, we have to offer them more just to keep hold of them!
Then they take the extra money until they fancy forcing a move anyway.
11 Posted 30/07/2018 at 06:16:48
Pickford might be overrated a little after the WC but he had a good first season and I dont see us getting in anyone better. Good move to extend his contract.
12 Posted 30/07/2018 at 06:28:29
13 Posted 30/07/2018 at 06:52:24
Richarlison was on £30,000 a week at Watford. Just because he cost what he cost doesn't mean he's on what Sigurdsson or Shneiderlin's on. I'm not saying he's not either, I'm just hoping we have learnt from Koeman/Walsh era.
Don't forget no-one else was interested in him, so it wasn't a bidding war, plus he wanted to be reunited with Silva. I'd be surprised if he's on more than £60,000 a week, if he is, we haven't learnt in my opinion.
Alan @12, reference increase in wages, again I'm not saying it won't be a 50% increase, but hopefully we've learnt from past mistakes. I mean you could offer him a 25% increase and he would become the 4th highest paid player at the club if Bolasie does eventually go.
14 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:07:01
The ground is a disgrace and we are fobbed-off as the new stadium is pushed back to a later date. Surely it is time for the PL to impose a pay ceiling.
15 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:09:13
16 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:13:31
This is good news, people. A commitment to keeping our best players is a GOOD thing.
17 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:19:04
18 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:29:49
19 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:46:26
Keep him "happy"? I would suggest that if he found his present wedge insulting he's not the sort of player this club can realistically go forward with.
There is so little upside in paying him any more that I fail to see the point.
Some argue "increases his sell on value". The rest point to the likes of Sandro and Martina and ask how big wages have increased their value. Like any footballer, goalkeeper Pickford is not immune to the risk of injury and this needs to be factored into contract discussions as well.
Just more poor business.
20 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:52:43
21 Posted 30/07/2018 at 07:53:14
How I long for those days when my granddad talked about football with my Dad. I struggled to understand it as I double-stepped to keep up and looked up nervously at the huge police horse.
Jump forward 50 odd years and our discussions re. a player have lines like "If it protects our interests then I'm all for it."
Absolutely no criticism of the author of this line, we all write similar things.
Personally I blame Thatcher, the premier league, the media (mainstream and social), and anyone under 45!
22 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:00:46
24 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:16:06
Absolute madness, so your saying don't offer him more money because if he's not happy with the money he's currenlty on then you don't think he's the right player for us?
If that's the case then you can forget keeping any successful player beyond their first contract with us. As successful players tend to have successful agents, and successful agents are always looking for the best deals for their players.
25 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:18:03
26 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:21:24
Football stinks, you only have to look at some of the players in Everton”s squad to see this, with so many lacking in basic honesty, but Pickford is young, it seems like he cares about his profession, and for that reason I think the kid is only going to get better.
Give him his new contract, and put in a clause of £175 million if anyone wants to buy him. Goalkeeper, is one of the most important positions on a football pitch, its even quite possible that its the most important position, when you look at it through professional eyes?
Goals win games, but you only have to look at Karius, to see how important this position is. United would have never won the treble without Schmicel, and as good a deputy as Bobby Mimms was, Im still convinced Everton, would have done the double if Southall had stayed fit?
Pickford has got loads to learn, but hopefully long-term, this kid will more than pay us back, especially if we can protect him with some decent defenders!
27 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:31:09
28 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:35:17
29 Posted 30/07/2018 at 08:57:28
We will conclude our contract reviews at a time of our choosing, after we have concluded our transfer business, and increased pay will be offered in line with term extension and no new minimum release fees/other clauses will be inserted in during the existing outstanding term time.
30 Posted 30/07/2018 at 09:17:07
Enjoy him whilst we can.
31 Posted 30/07/2018 at 09:22:08
If Courtois stays with Chelsea, then he will sign a new contract with us to make more money.
If Courtois moves to Real Madrid, then he will ask to leave (since he will make even more with Chelsea anyways).
32 Posted 30/07/2018 at 09:47:38
Realistically, what possible benefit did the club get out of paying Pickford more right now?
33 Posted 30/07/2018 at 09:47:43
Its no as if we are talking about a shift to West Ham or Burnley.
35 Posted 30/07/2018 at 10:25:25
36 Posted 30/07/2018 at 10:46:47
As suggested any move by Chelsea will depend on the Courtois situation although I hear he has renewed his 'Family Box' for the coming season and London is a long way for rellies to travel from the North East !
37 Posted 30/07/2018 at 10:48:07
38 Posted 30/07/2018 at 10:49:38
39 Posted 30/07/2018 at 10:53:00
Straight away offering him more money could stop his head being turned, plus it would also keep his agent happy as he'd get a pay bonus as well.
Looking at it from a perspective from the player, he knows the club appreciate him by offering him better terms so shortly into his contract (he's the England no 1 keeper, on just above average wages for the premiership).
He has to know what other players are roughly on, how would you feel knowing you were on only half of what Sigurdsson, Shneiderlin and Klaassen are and were on.
40 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:00:44
By the way, I should have made it clear that the Family Box I referred to is at Goodison -twixt Main Stand and Park End.
41 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:03:59
The guy signed a contract with Everton last year and has been with us one season.
Looking back no other clubs seemed to be interested in buying Pickford from Sunderland.
Once again it seems silly from Everton.
I can't think of any player in the premiere league who has had a new contract offer after just arriving at a club.
Did Everton offer Lukaku a pay rise after his first season ( when we bought him ).
Picford winning the club award's show everyone just how bad his teammates performed !
He is extremely well paid right now!
In saying all of this, it may be a case of Everton promising Pickford they would look after him if his performances for the club etc warranted so.
I can not argue against this providing there is a buy out clause of the clubs choosing just in case he turns out to be as good as everyone thinks he will be which of course as an Everton fan I hope he does, but early days yet.
42 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:13:24
As someone else pointed out, it's not the money that would see him depart for the likes of Chelsea. It would be the obvious consistent higher standard of football.
43 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:15:36
He's extremely well paid in comparison to normal everyday people. But in relation to the Premier league, the average wage is about £50,000 a week, and he's supposedly on £60,000. Shneiderlin's supposedly on £120,000 a week, now that's extremely well paid.
On other news, Sky Sports reporting that it looks like Lookmans on his way.
44 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:15:55
I didn't go further than that but I am sure for most Premier League clubs you can find contract reneweals of players that did well in their first year. I'm sorry to say, claiming "I can't think of any player in the premiere league who has had a new contract offer after just arriving at a club." is perhaps not wrong, but the key part is in the "I". That you don't know those examples does not mean that it doesn't happen or that it does not get much media attention...
45 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:27:14
46 Posted 30/07/2018 at 11:59:36
47 Posted 30/07/2018 at 12:23:28
48 Posted 30/07/2018 at 12:28:21
49 Posted 30/07/2018 at 12:46:39
It is only 12 months since Pickford signed a 5-year contract which should have been his commitment to us and our commitment to him.
I just can't see any sense in this. If Chelsea come calling, just tell them to do one.
Contract talks are as likely to put him off his game as any interest from other clubs. The whole transfer business and contracts needs proper legislation before it becomes totally out of hand.
50 Posted 30/07/2018 at 12:59:45
I do think Pickford is good, not quite as good as the world cup mania suggested, but I get the sense he really wants to keep improving.
Some good defenders in front of him would help too.
51 Posted 30/07/2018 at 13:29:56
My one worry is that he rejects this much-publicized contract offer. In which case, the cat will be truly among the pigeons, and Chelsea will feel they (or any other potential suitors) are in the driving seat.
52 Posted 30/07/2018 at 13:34:25
Trying to keep Pickford is at least some indication of the club's intent and ambition.
I wonder if it is the same fans who moan about us not behaving like a top club who find some convoluted hand-wringing way to have a good winge when we do?
53 Posted 30/07/2018 at 14:12:54
54 Posted 30/07/2018 at 14:27:09
In the biggest shop window in world football, he performed brilliantly. What more does he need to do?
55 Posted 30/07/2018 at 14:42:17
I completely disagree that Pickford has earned a new improved contract (unless it was promised).
And please tell me how Chelsea or any other club are in the driving seat when Pickford has 4 years remaining on the contract he signed with Everton?
In my opinion, the publicity Pickford gained from the World Cup is way over the top. Where is Pickford anyway? Should he not be back with us by now training?
56 Posted 30/07/2018 at 14:43:42
Cahill will know the situation regarding Courtois, with his contract rapidly running down, and having spent the best part of seven weeks in the England squad with Pickford, he could well have been in Pickford's ear about moving Chelsea?
Cahill only needs to report back to Chelsea saying he spoke to Pickford, and then, hey presto, Chelsea declare their interest in Pickford via the correct channels, ie, Sky Sports.
57 Posted 30/07/2018 at 14:51:11
Stekelenburg will be in goal against Valencia this Saturday.
58 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:04:05
59 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:05:35
But let's not get all UK tabloid here. Anyone remember Ashley Barnes's goal from the edge of the 6-yard box last season?
At the end of the day though, this is all irrelevant. Everton should keep him and if a new contract's what's needed, then so be it, as it's not like there'll be a queue of quality replacements forming.
60 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:25:53
61 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:26:22
Ate you being ironic? I assume so. The 'correct channels' would certainly not be Sky! You are supposed to approach the club when a player- or manager- you want is on contract with that club, not issue a press release.
I believe that is what we did with Silva. The media speculation was just that and, at the time after Koeman's sacking, included an assortment of possible candidates, including Tuchel and Ancelotti. We formally approached Watford a few weeks later, were rebuffed twice and so gave up.
To be fair to Chelsea, I have found no club source directly linking them to a bid for Pickford. It may again be media speculation. But that also means 1) We can do as Watford did with Silva and tell them to get lost, albeit with the risks that Watford then faced and 2) If we have no case for Chelsea tapping up Pickford- and I doubt we do- then god knows how or why Watford think they have a case against us, but like an annoying fly, they are not giving it up.
As to a player tapping up another player, I'm not sure how the rules are on that and whether it counts. This is a trickier line to draw because players will naturally talk to each other about life and work and I can't see how you would stop that or indeed create proof of intent beyond merely normal conversation. That said, I know a few managers who were always uneasy about their players joing national squads because I suspect there is a fair bit of that activity happening, just hard to stop it.
Agents will, of course, be playing their part to stir things...
62 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:34:49
Personally I think it's a good move from us for a change, "rumoured" interest why not put out a statement we are offering a new contract (part of the original clause or not)! I like it myself!
63 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:43:29
64 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:39:26
65 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:50:00
For our part, we've acknowledged this and it may be one of the reasons we are now offering him an improved deal, one more commensurate with his stature as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But money is only one part of it. Pickford strikes me as very determined, and very ambitious. He has proven he can play at the highest level, and may be keen to play for a club that can more realistically challenge for honours.
I have no problem with the club offering him a better deal, regardless of the fact he's only been here a year. His performances in the World Cup (and last season) have earned it - he's not a Davy Klassen or Sandro being paid well over a 100 grand a week for pulling splinters from his backside. Incidentally, that may be another reason for the improved contract offer - to make him among the highest earners at the club - again, well deserved in my opinion.
66 Posted 30/07/2018 at 21:28:40
Well if Pickford is not due back until today week as you say this means he will will play a game for the new manager until we kick off against Wolves, not ideal preparation in my opinion!
67 Posted 30/07/2018 at 21:34:25
It's a compulsory three-week break following England's final game.
68 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:15:16
69 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:33:49
Anyway, Jordan implies hes staying with us and that were a massive club. Hes targeting top 6 this season.
Nice one, Jordan.
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