Not one Sunderland supporter reading this will be surprised to learn that Jordan Pickford is very much on Bayern Munich’s radar as they look to eventually replace Manuel Neuer between the sticks.
Neuer, in his prime, was the best goalkeeper in the world but has declined rapidly due to injury and has not seen first-team action for his club side since September - though he has been cleared to play for Germany at this summer’s World Cup.
Despite this, Bayern remain concerned that he’s most certainly on the decline and, as such, are thought to be keeping tabs on Washington-born Pickford, who has gone from strength to strength since making his Premier League debut in 2016.
Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the Everton goalie, and could be tempted to move in the event that David De Gea eventually leaves Old Trafford this summer following the end of the World Cup.
Last week the Liverpool Echo claimed that Everton have no intention of allowing Pickford to leave, but with fees of around £70m being touted it’s unlikely that their stance would remain the same should such offers be forthcoming.
This news has set alarm bells ringing at Sunderland, and according to our sources it’s been an immense source of frustration for the new men in charge that the previous regime allowed Pickford to leave without a sell-on clause that benefits us in place.
The club have learned that interest in Pickford from Bayern in particular is very serious, but even if he’s sold we won’t receive a penny of it due to the actions of the people involved in allowing Pickford to leave during the summer of 2017.
It’s yet another reminder of how poorly ran we were in the past. Pickford’s potential has always been there for all to see, and with him set to be England’s number one at this summer’s World Cup it will see his value sky-rocket should he put in strong performances playing for Gareth Southgate’s side in front of the world-wide viewing audience.