Tottenham and Manchester United have both been dealt a massive blow as it has emerged Everton no.1 Jordan Pickford is set to sign a new deal at Goodison Park, ending any hopes of picking him up on the cheap this summer.
Both Spurs and United are on the hunt for new goalkeepers this summer, with Hugo Lloris now well past his peak and David de Gea remaining questionable with the ball at his feet.
And Pickford was due to be out of contract in 2024, and that combined with relegation had opened the possibility of him being available at a cut price in the summer, with his ability to play out from defence seen as a major improvement for both sides, while his homegrown status was also a plus.
However, the Times report that a new deal is now close, which would see Pickford remain at the club into his 30s even should they be relegated from the Premier League.
“Negotiations with the England No 1 have been taking place for months and there has been significant progress to leave Goodison Park officials buoyed by the prospect of retaining the services of the 28-year-old”, it is claimed.
The Toffees shot-stopper has appeared over 200 times for Everton since arriving from Sunderland in 2017 for £30m, and played a big role in keeping his side in the Premier League last season.
Should Pickford be taken off the market, the pool for potential cut-price options will shrink even further. Both clubs are joined by Chelsea in a longstanding interest in Brentford stopper David Raya, who is also out of contract in 2024, but any move to one of the trio will leave the other two sides left high and dry.
Elsewhere, more costly options are available, with United having already been told that it will cost them a mammoth 70m euros to lure Diogo Costa away from FC Porto.