Chelsea and Manchester United target Jordan Pickford set to sign new Everton contract with no relegation release clause
Jordan Pickford is set to sign a new long-term contract with Everton which will bring to an end the speculation linking him to Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.
The England No.1’s current deal expires in 2024 and with Everton spending more time battling against relegation rather than challenging for Europe, many assumed the goalkeeper would want out.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to a bigger club for some time, especially with the Blues, the Red Devils and Spurs all potentially in the market for a new keeper.
However, they’ll have to look elsewhere now with reports on Thursday claiming that Pickford has agreed a new deal to stay at Goodison Park until 2027.
But surprisingly, The Times claim that the new contract does not contain a relegation release clause, meaning that it will be hard for him to leave the club should they go down to the Championship.
Everton, who have never been relegated from the Premier League, are currently 16th in the table and just one point above the relegation zone.
While many had tipped them for the drop, the arrival of Sean Dyche in January has given Toffees fans hope they will survive, especially after the former Burnley boss won his two of his first three games in charge.
Pickford signed for Everton from Sunderland in 2017 for just over £25million, making him the second-most expensive Premier League goalkeeper at the time, behind Ederson who had completed his move to Manchester City just two weeks prior.
He has so far made 222 appearances for the club, keeping 59 clean sheets and winning Everton’s Player of the Season award in 2018 and 2022.
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