Everton manager Sean Dyche wants the club to prioritise handing Jordan Pickford a new deal reports the Sun.
The England international goalkeeper is attracting interest from the Toffees’ Premier League rivals.
Pickford’s current contract ends in 2024 and Everton have been unwilling to meet his demands.
The 28-year-old earns £100,000 per week and wants a pay rise to double his wages, but the board are reluctant to sanction the deal.
Despite the threat of relegation, Pickford is ready to sign an extension once his demands are met.
However, Everton want to stay up before anything can be formalised. They are 18th in the Premier League with 18 points after 21 games.
Dyche’s side play Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow, and a win will see them move up to 16th in the table.
They play relegation rivals Leeds United and Aston Villa afterwards before coming up against Arsenal.
Dyche led them to a win against the Gunners in his first game, and the squad will be full of belief.
Everton have never been relegated from the Premier League. The Blues must retain their best players to stay in the top flight.
Holding on to Pickford beyond the season is crucial. He has missed just ten league games since he joined the club from Sunderland ahead of the 2017-18 season.
The Englishman is one of the best goalies in the world, and getting a capable replacement for him could prove tricky.
He is arguably their most important player and deserves to be Everton’s highest earner.
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