That’s according to talkSPORT, who claimed that England’s current number one will push for a move away from Goodison Park if the Merseyside outfit are to be relegated to the Championship.
However, even if Frank Lampard is successful in steering Everton away from the drop, the club will listen to offers for the 28-year-old.
Although subject to controversy at times, the 28-year-old has been a solid goalkeeper for the Toffees.
It would be difficult for Everton to convince the shot-stopper to stay put if they are to be relegated, as playing in the Championship could seriously jeopardise his chances of maintaining his status as England’s number one.
However, if the Merseyside outfit are to retain their Premier League place for next season, losing a player of Pickford’s quality could cause disaster.
Despite being occasionally prone to an error during his time at Everton, last weekend’s incredible save against Chelsea is an excellent example as to why the 28-year-old is England’s first-choice goalkeeper and illustrates why the Toffees must hold onto him.
This season, Pickford has averaged 3.3 saves per match whilst completing all of his runouts successfully, making him a major contributing factor as to why the Blues still have a solid chance of avoiding the drop.
Going into tomorrow’s trip to Leicester City, Lampard’s men are 18th in the table, two points behind 17th-placed Leeds United. However, the Toffees boast a game in hand, which could prove vital in the season’s run-in.
There will be little that Everton can do to stop Pickford from leaving if they are to be relegated, but allowing him to move on if they survive in the top flight could well be Lampard’s first big mistake as Toffees manager and would surely leave supporters fuming given the goalkeeper’s consistency.
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