Arsenal line up Petr Cech’s long-term replacement

Petr Cech and Sunderland's Jordan Pickford
Petr Cech and Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford

Long term buy

Arsenal are reportedly targeting the January purchase of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as a long-term replacement for current first-choice Petr Cech.

Pickford, 22, is regarded as one of England’s brightest goalkeeping talents, with 9 England U-21 caps and 17 Premier League appearances to his name.

The Evening Standard report that the Gunners have already made contact with Sunderland over a possible move.

Pickford did, however, sign a new deal in January and is contracted until the club until 2020.

Loaned back

Should the Gunners bag Pickford in the upcoming transfer window, they would immediately loan him back to Sunderland for the remainder of the season.

Pickford won’t be cheap, as Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton are also thought to be interested in the player.

Only Burnley’s Tom Heaton has made more saves (78) than Pickford’s 67 in the Premier League so far this season.