The rumours started earlier in the day on Twitter, that with his Huddersfield Town contract expiring, goalkeeper Jonas Lossl was in talks with Everton to join the club this summer.
The first media source to break it was French site Foot Mercato, reporting that the Danish veteran could even undergo a medical as soon as Friday (yesterday), however none of that came to pass. But later in the day Daily Mail confirmed that the Toffees were indeed in conversation with the player.
The 30-year-old was released by the Terriers following the expiry of his current contract and the club’s relegation from the Premier League. He has one international appearance for Denmark, having been demoted to perennial backup status behind Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel.
Lossl is a decent enough goalkeeper who has two seasons of Premier League experience with Huddersfield. The Dane is a good four inches taller than Pickford, shows a better command of his area and in coming out to get the ball, and in some passing metrics like long ball distribution, is ahead of the England number one.
There have been times that Pickford has appeared complacent over the last two seasons, and fans have been quick to point to the fact that there was inadequate competition for a starting spot at that position as compared to anywhere else on the pitch for the Blues.
However, manager Marco Silva has refuted that thought, while praising current backup Maarten Stekelenburg.
“The first thing I have to tell you, because it is the truth, is that he has been fantastic since the first day.
“Big credit to him for that. And he will be fantastic until the end because we are talking about a very, very good professional. His behaviour everyday in training is fantastic, even if he knows that we will be playing Jordan. He is training hard everyday and always ready to help.
”At the end of each session we normally do some finishing and he and Joao are always ready to help. He is putting pressure on Jordan. The best way, as a goalkeeper, to put pressure on is by doing your job here during the week and Maarten is doing that. It is up to me to decide but he is doing his job.
“Ok, let’s see what our decisions will be for next season, if we stick with the same three goalkeepers or take a decision on that. But it is always good to have really high competition for all of the positions.”
The Dutch international is a consummate professional, and has even played in a World Cup Final so his big game composure was never in doubt. However, the veteran netminder will be 37 this coming season which makes it even more puzzling that the Blues chose to extend his contract by another year last summer.
And then there’s Joao Virginia. The highly-rated youngster who Silva thinks is ready to play big time football. The 19-year-old just won the Under-23s double with David Unsworth, and Silva was full of praise for him.
”Joao has done really well (this season). It was a very good opportunity for us and Hugo (Oliveira), my goalkeeper coach knows him really well, spoke to me about him, we decided to get him. It was a good opportunity for us, we knew his situation at his previous club (Arsenal).
“It was a very good price at this moment in football and we are really happy because he has not just helped the u-23s because every session he helps the players, at the end of every session he is there with Gylfi, Richarlison, Lookman and our strikers and not just for five minutes. He is always open to do that.
“The level of u-23s is not so good for him now, he is at another level already and he showed that. It is up to us to now decide if he is ready to be here and compete or to play more in another place. We are really happy with him.”
It appears for now at least that the best approach for the Blues would be to loan out Virginia so that he can get a starting spot somewhere in the Championship and start playing consistent minutes, while Lossl can be the backup to Pickford with Stekelenburg the third goalkeeper.