But a move away from Goodison Park would be extremely unlikely and Everton's Player of the Year last season looks to be rewarded with a deal to reflect that.
Former USA worldwide striker McBride - who had a loan spell at Everton from Columbus Crew in 2003 - has predicted that the 24-year-old goalkeeper will not leave the Toffees for Chelsea this summer. But, the crowning glory of his career thus far has been the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Pickford has since become a hot property in the transfer market, with Real Madrid also among his admirers. But, Chelsea are the front-runners in his pursuit, and for good reason.
The Blues are in a precarious situation as regards the future of Thibaut Courtois.
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And ex-Everton forward Anichebe believes the Merseyside outfit have to resist any interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea if they want to make forward steps under new manager Marco Silva because Pickford is one of the best in the league. Chelsea needs to Persuade Everton for the transfer of Pickford before he signs new contract to have a real backup goalkeeper. Pickford is thus, a viable target, with his exploits at the World Cup suggesting he is ready for a step up in his career.
Everton begin their Premier League campaign at Wolves on 11 August, while Chelsea travel to Huddersfield. With just over a week remaining of this summer's transfer window, there is still plenty of business to be completed.