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Where Jordan Pickford would fit in the list of the world's most expensive goalkeepers

Everton have had a £30M bid accepted for the Sunderland stopper

As Jordan Pickford could be set for a move to the blue side of Merseyside, here's a look at the most expensive goalkeepers in world football and where he would slot in.

Two of the top three biggest transfer fees ever paid for goalkeepers, should Pickford's £30 million move go through, will have been shelled out this summer following Ederson's world record transfer from Benfica to Manchester City.

1. Ederson - £34.7M

The 23 year-old keeper will complete his move to the Etihad on July 1 for £34.7 million. Ederson joined Benfica just two years ago but was a key part of their domestic double winning team last season, earning his record-breaking move to Pep Guardiola's side.

2. Gianluigi Buffon - £32.6M

The Italian legend was the world's most expensive goalkeeper for an unbelievable 16 years after Juve shelled out £32.6 million in 2001. After his move from Parma, Buffon has won almost every title he can win, bar the Champions League after his third final defeat earlier this month.

(3. Jordan Pickford - £30M)

So this is where Pickford would fit into the list - in fairly impressive company. At just 23, Pickford has already made an impressive 147 league starts, 31 of those in the Premier League for recently relegated Sunderland. He was shipped out on loan six times by Sunderland before making his breakthrough last season. He has been included in recent England squads but is yet to make his senior debut. Perhaps the transfer fee says a lot about the inflated fees across football this summer - especially given how much more he is costing than this next guy.

4. David De Gea - £18.3m

Six years after his move to Manchester United, it now looks like the Old Trafford side bagged an absolute bargain. He was at the time the world's second most expensive keeper, then aged just 20. Fair to say, he's been value for money and has bagged Manchester United's Player of the Year award for three seasons in a row. Could he one day top this list? If Real Madrid have anything to do with it, maybe.

5. Claudio Bravo - £17.1m

Manchester City forked out what then looked a lot of money for a goalkeeper when they signed Bravo from Barcelona just one year ago. The 34 year-old didn't have the best of seasons with fans initially unhappy at Guardiola's decision to let Joe Hart leave on loan. He was dropped for more than two months after a disappointing festive period and just three league games after he got back into the side, a calf injury halted his return.

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