German’s Bayern Munich keeping close tabs on Everton’s Jordan Pickford at World Cup
Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
In one of the more surprising bit of transfer news floating around and one sure to alert officials at Everton is goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set to be monitored closely by Bayern Munich scouts at this summer’s World Cup – according to the Sun.
Jordan Pickford, 24, is on course to be England’s number one choice goalkeeper in Russia, having played the full 90 minutes in a friendly win at Wembley against Nigeria at the weekend.
Bayern Munich have, according to the Sun, identified Pickford as a potential number one in Bavaria, with doubts over the long term future of Manuel Neuer with his recent injury record and the less than convincing performances of their number two Sven Ulrich – who has culpable in the German’s exit from the Champions League against Real Madrid.
Having impressed in a lowly relegation season with Sunderland, Jordan Pickford moved to Everton in a huge £30 million deal last summer and once again proved to be one of the standout performers in a Toffees side that failed to live up to pre-season expectations.
Much will likely depend on this summer’s World Cup with Manuel Neuer making a comeback performance in Germany’s friendly defeat to Austria, after missing eight months of action. Bayern will be keen to see their 32-year old stopper play every game of this summer’s tournament before making a decision on replacing him with Jordan Pickford or any other goalkeeper target.
Pickford was beaten between the sticks for England for the first time at the weekend in his third appearance for the Three Lions, although he could have done nothing about Alex Iwobi’s goal for Nigeria.
New Everton boss Marco Silva is likely to swat off all potential interest in key players such as Jordan Pickford, and the club’s wealthy owners aren’t likely to make life easy for Bayern Munich if they are to make an official approach for one of England’s few top goalkeepers.