Everton look to snap up Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez with Carlo Ancelotti leading negotiations to bring in alternative to error-prone Jordan Pickford
- Jordan Pickford’s blunder allowed Brighton’s Neal Maupay to score on Saturday
- Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is therefore looking for an alternative to Pickford
- Roma are being forced to loan Pau Lopez out due to the club’s financial woes
- Transfer Deadline Day – All the latest ahead of tonight’s deadline of 11pm
Everton are looking to prise goalkeeper Pau Lopez away from Roma ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.
The Toffees, who made it four Premier League wins out of four against Brighton on Saturday, are looking for an alternative to Jordan Pickford, who made a yet another error in their 4-2 victory.
And Spanish goalkeeper Lopez is considered to be the ideal candidate by Carlo Ancelotti – who is leading the negotiations – to compete with Pickford for the no.1 jersey.
Everton are looking to prise goalkeeper Pau Lopez away from Roma ahead of the deadline
Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti is leading negotiations to sign the 25-year-old Spanish keeper
The Italian club are unwilling to let Lopez go on loan but the club’s financial woes means they do not have much choice because the goalkeeper currently costs the club £20million (€22m).
According to ‘Corriere dello Sport’, the deal is about to be concluded with the Toffees for a 12-month loan deal, with no clubs interested in matching the Serie A side’s £22.7m (€25m) valuation to buy him permanently.
Roma CEO Guido Fienga is reportedly coordinating the loan deal with the right of redemption with Everton, leaving veteran keeper Antonio Mirante and Sweden international Robin Olsen to fight to be first choice in Paulo Fonseca’s line up.
Lopez has played 32 matches in Serie A and eight matches in the Europa League for Roma since joining the club from LaLiga outfit Real Betis last summer.
Ancelotti wants to sign Lopez to provide competition for error-prone Jordan Pickford
Pickford’s blunder allowed Neal Maupay to score in Everton’s 4-2 victory against Brighton
Lopez has yet to turn out for a Premier League side despite joining Tottenham in August 2016.
The 25-year-old arrived on a season-long loan deal from Espanyol but was behind Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga and therefore failed to make a single appearance for Spurs.
The news regarding Lopez’s potential move to Everton comes after Sportsmail revealed Pickford is set for crisis talks with Ancelotti about his form.
Pickford, already under the spotlight for two bad mistakes against Fleetwood earlier this season, allowed Neal Maupay to equalise at Goodison Park on Saturday when he failed to catch a bouncing ball from Leandro Trossard’s shot.
Lopez (second from right) was at Spurs behind Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Paulo Gazzaniga
Ancelotti didn’t publicly condemn Pickford who remains Gareth Southgate’s England’s No 1 for the time being but did hint there would be a conversation between them when the 26-year-old returns from the upcoming international break.
‘I think this is not the right place to talk about Jordan Pickford,’ said Ancelotti. ‘If I have to say something to him when he comes back, I am going to talk to him.
‘He did a mistake but nothing happened. We have three points more. This is the most important part.’
Pickford has now made 11 mistakes leading to goals in the Premier League since signing for Everton in 2017 – more than any other goalkeeper during that period.
The news comes as England no.1 Pickford prepares for crisis talks with Ancelotti about his form
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