Premier League giants Arsenal are intensifying their interest in Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to The Sunderland Echo (via The Daily Star).
The England Under-21 international has been brilliant between the sticks for David Moyes’ side, and has earned rave reviews despite playing for a team bottom of the Premier League, and one which has conceded 53 goals in just 30 games this term.
Nonetheless, that figure would be somewhat higher were it not for the 23-year-old’s displays this season, and with the Black Cats are but resigned to Championship football next time out, it’s likely that they will lose some of their prized assets.
One of which is Pickford, who has reportedly been watched by Arsenal scouts in recent weeks, with The Sunderland Echo reporting that they were in attendance when Pickford played the full 90 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat at Watford last week.
The 23-year-old shot-stopper also earned a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad back in November to further underline his credentials, and the high esteem he is held in among the national team.
But it is not just Arsene Wenger’s Gunners keeping tabs on Pickford, as fellow top four contenders Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United, as well as seventh place Everton, are also thought to be monitoring his progress at the Stadium of Light.
Clearly, the Black Cats keeper is a man in demand, and with Sunderland looking more and more likely to be playing Championship football next season, it’s also becoming increasingly likely that Pickford will not be at the club come August.