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27th Jul 2018

Chelsea want Jordan Pickford to replace Thibaut Courtois

Simon Lloyd

Won’t someone think of poor, old Rob Green, for heaven’s sake?

Thibaut Courtois might be about to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid. By now, we’re sure you’re probably well aware of this point.

With the Belgian international reportedly agreeing terms with the European champions earlier this week, there’s been plenty of talk about who might fill his gloves at Stamford Bridge before the new season gets going.

So far, Jack Butland, Kasper Schmeichel and even Pepe Reina (who managed to move to AC Milan this month without anyone batting an eyelid) have been amongst the 600 or so ‘keepers linked with a move to Chelsea already this summer.

Now though, we have a new name…

If Courtois goes, Pickford will reportedly be Chelsea's top target

According to Sky Sports and their trusty sources, Jordan Pickford, fresh from his World Cup heroics with England, is now said to be Maurizio Sarri’s main target if (when) Courtois leaves for Madrid.

Obviously, such a move won’t be easy for Chelsea to pull off. Everton only signed Pickford from Sunderland a year ago and are unlikely to be tempted into selling 24-year-old, especially after he capped his first season at Goodison Park by being named the club’s player of the season. With a ridiculously wealthy owner of their own these days, Everton are not the kind of team who’ll be tempted by a big-money offer, either.

Chelsea did manage to complete the signing of 38-year-old veteran goalkeeper Rob Green earlier this week. The former England number one spent last season as a back-up goalkeeper at Huddersfield Town and didn’t make a single league appearance.