It has been widely reported that Everton have agreed a $38 million deal with Sunderland for goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The 23-year-old was the major positive for the Black Cats last season as they were relegated from the Premier League and he will tie up the deal to Goodison Park after he returns from England U-21 duty in the 2017 European Championships.
It is a lot of money for Ronald Koeman to spend on a goalkeeper who has just one season (29 games to be exact) of Premier League experience under his belt, but Pickford’s imminent arrival will solve a major issue for the Toffees.
Last season both Joel Robles and Marteen Stekelenburg were guilty of high-profile errors and even the season before that the Toffees had issues with Tim Howard. Liverpool, Manchester City and several other PL clubs were said to have been interested in Pickford but Everton are set to spend big this summer with Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen reportedly on the way too.
Pickford came through the ranks at Sunderland’s academy and has spent several spells out on loan, most notably at Preston North End. His shot-stopping ability and sublime accuracy with kicking are his main strengths but it’s tough to see a weakness in his game as he shone in a struggling Sunderland side last season.
That’s why he is set to become the most-expensive British goalkeeper in history and the third-most expensive of all-time behind only Gianluigi Buffon and Ederson.
Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.
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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.
The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.
Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.
Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.
Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).
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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.
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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.
In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.
Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.
Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.
Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.
U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.