Everton ready to offer goalkeeper Jordan Pickford extended contract

Everton are set to open talks on a new contract for Jordan Pickford as they look to secure the England goalkeeper’s long-term future.

Pickford has two years remaining on the deal he signed in 2018, a year after his £30m arrival from Sunderland, and Everton will hold talks in the next few weeks over a further extension.

The 28-year-old has been touted as one of the saleable assets who could leave Everton as the club seek to raise funds for Frank Lampard while working to Premier League profit and sustainability rules. Everton, however, are determined to keep Pickford, who was a key figure in their escape from relegation last season, and expect contract negotiations to proceed smoothly.

Richarlison is more likely to leave, with Tottenham hopeful of signing the Brazil international, who is open to joining the Champions League qualifiers. Spurs have offered player-plus-cash deals involving Harry Winks or Steven Bergwijn to Everton, who value Richarlison at more than £50m and want straight cash.

James Tarkowski is expected to be announced as Everton’s first summer signing on Friday after leaving Burnley at the end of his contract.