The future of Jordan Pickford could be in doubt as Everton are in talks with Lucas Perri.
The recent form of Jordan Pickford has been worrisome for the Toffees, which has prompted many fans to call for a replacement. The rise of Dean Henderson coincided with a rough patch of form of Pickford, instigating English fans to replace the current England No.1 with Henderson. Pickford is under pressure and has not been at his best, making Everton think of a possible long term replacement in form of Lucas Perri.
Lucas Perri currently plies his trade in the Brazilian Serie A with Sau Paulo. The 22 year old, however, isn’t a first team regular at Sao Paulo but promises to be an exciting prospect. In fact, Perri holds some experience of football in England and how the life is in the Top Flight as the Brazilian spent a year on loan at Crystal Palace during the 2018-19 season.
According to Brazilian media outlet Jovam Pen, Everton recently checked on the availability of Lucas Perri as the Toffees are on the hunt for a new keeper after Maarten Stekelenburg will leave the club at the end of this season. Perhaps, this link to Perri will also keep Pickford on his toes and warn him that his place isn’t guaranteed.
Now, Lucas Perri may not be an immediate successor but if given the right opportunity and counsel, he could well be the first choice in a couple of years, should he move to England. Many Toffees supporters believe that Pickford is distracted and eyeing a move elsewhere, probably Chelsea, who are having their fair share of problems with the form of Kepa Arrizabalaga.
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The idea behind Perri could be to bring him to England and acclimatize him to the surroundings of the Premier League and then eventually make the transition from Pickford to Perri. The news report also added that even though the 22 year old recently tied his future to Sao Paulo and is protected by a release clause of €40 million, O Clube da Fe will be willing to negotiate the price.
So, the future of Jordan Pickford isn’t in trouble in hindsight but should his substandard performances continue, the Merseysiders won’t be afraid to ditch him and bring in a replacement like Lucas Perri to Goodison Park.
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