Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester City are keeping tabs on Sunderland’s highly-rated young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, according to The Telegraph.
The 22-year-old has been one of the shining lights in the Black Cats’ disappointing Premier League campaign thus far, in which they are bottom of the division ahead of their clash with Pep Guardiola’s City this afternoon (4pm kick-off).
England Under-21 international Pickford though has been in fine form throughout the season, and returned to the side in their 2-0 defeat at Everton last week after two months out with a knee ligament injury.
Although he has conceded 29 goals in his 17 Premier League starts this term, that number could have been significantly higher were it not for Pickford’s heroics between the sticks, with his displays in their defeat at Tottenham and the 3-0 success over Hull deserving of particular praise.
And, unsurprisingly, his great debut season in the English top-flight has seen him attract interest from some of the biggest clubs in the division, with scouts from both Liverpool and Man City reportedly having seen him repeatedly this term.
Both sides are struggling in the goalkeeping department this season, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius far from convincing for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, while Claudio Bravo has so far not proved himself to be an adequate shot-stopper in the Premier League for Guardiola’s City.
Clearly, Pickford is an outstanding talent who could go on and become one of the best goalkeepers in the country, so Sunderland will likely have to fend off serious interest for the 22-year-old this summer, especially if they get relegated from the Premier League.