Chelsea reportedly another top goalkeeper at the World Cup as Edouard Mendy nears exit door

Chelsea reportedly another top goalkeeper at the World Cup as Edouard Mendy nears exit door

  • Chelsea are reportedly interested in Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
  • This is amid reports that Edouard Mendy has fallen out of favour at the club under Graham Potter
  • The club is now looking for replacements in the event the Senegalese shotstopper leaves the club

Chelsea are exploring the possibility of signing Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as the hunt for another goalkeeper looks set to intensify during the World Cup break.

The Blues are searching for a new number 1, after their two current goalkeepers Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy failed to convince Graham Potter.

Potter, a former Brighton manager, prefers a goalkeeper who is comfortable on the ball, and can effectively play out from the back.

Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford of England reacts during the England Training Session at Al Wakrah Stadium on November 20, 2022. Photo by Alex Pantling.
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Among the preferred replacements are Brighton’s Robert Sanchez and Pickford is the latest to emerge as a target.

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As reported on The Mirror, Potter also highly ranks Brentford’s David Raya, but will keep an eye on Pickford during the World Cup.

Raya has also impressed during his time in London, and has attracted interest from clubs across Europe as The Bees continue to have an impressive campaign under Thomas Frank.

Pickford the cheaper option

Despite interest in Raya, it is believed the Spaniard’s price tag is too high, and the Blues might go for a cheaper option in Pickford.

Notably, Pickford has continued to excel for England in the national team despite his form for his club Everton.

For this reason, Chelsea are willing to keep an eye out for him and his performances in the Qatar World Cup.

So far in his career, Pickford has 45 caps since his debut and was instrumental in The Three Lions’ 2018 World Cup run where they reached the semis in the competition.

Salah’s awkward reunion with Ramos

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on Mohammed Salah’s extremely awkward hug he shared with Serio Ramos, four years after the infamous incident during the Champions League final.

Ramos was accused of injuring Salah's shoulder, which forced him off the game, and saw the Reds lose 3-1 to Real Madrid.

The two stars were present at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai, UAE. The Egyptian star was nominated for Best Men's Player, while the PSG defender was honoured as the Best All-Time Defender.

Source: Sports Brief News