ENGLAND World Cup hero Jordan Pickford has emerged as Chelsea’s No1 target to replace Thibaut Courtois this summer.
The Belgian stopper, 26, is set to walk away from Stamford Bridge in the current transfer window after reportedly agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid.
Now, the Blues are being tipped to opt for the more expensive Pickford over Three Lions team-mate Jack Butland.
Stoke have slapped a £30million price-tag on Butland – but top Premier League clubs are apprehensive to overspend on the now-Championship player.
Meanwhile, Pickford, 24, could cost as much as £60m after his stock skyrocketed with a string of wonderful performances as England reached the semis in Russia.
Either way, Chelsea would like a home-grown keeper to work with for years to come – with veteran Rob Green merely signed to provide back-up.
The Blues had hoped to keep hold of Courtois and have had a new contract worth £200,000-a-week on the table since December.
However, the Belgian continues to refuse as he angles towards a move to Los Blancos – where he could expect a massive pay-rise.
Chelsea ar currently trying to find additional facilitate, with out-of-favour urban center keeper opaque gem Cillessen a awfully real chance, per reports.
The Blues had hoped to land ex-Roma stopper Alisson, solely to miss bent metropolis, World Health Organization landed the world-record £66.8million man last week.
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