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Sunderland: “Pickford fee is £1 for each save he had to make last season”

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford will cost Everton £30m
PRICEY: Pickford (Image: Sven Mandel)

Sunderland have confirmed that Jordan Pickford’s £30m transfer fee was set by charging £1 for each save he had to make last season.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper looks set to join Everton after the two clubs agreed on a price directly proportional to how often he had to leap to the Black Cats’ rescue during the 2016-17 campaign.

Under former Toffees boss David Moyes, Sunderland were relegated to the Championship after finishing bottom of the Premier League on just 24 points.

They conceded 69 goals on their way to a final goal difference of -40, but without Pickford’s thirty million saves they would have conceded 30,000,069 goals – which would have left them on a record-breaking goal difference of -30,000,040.

Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Everton boss Ronald Koeman disputed the projected figures.

He said: “It’s not like they’d have had nobody in goal if not for Pickford, so not all of those thirty million shots would have gone in.

“But you know, whatever, we’re loaded now.”