The Blues were interested signing Brazil worldwide Alisson Becker, who was new manager Maurizio Sarri's first choice, however the shot-stopper joined Liverpool.
A move to Chelsea would complete a whirlwind 12 months for Pickford, and would surely command a fee significantly upwards of the £30m which Everton paid to secure the goalkeeper's services from Sunderland last summer.
Reports in Spain indicate that Real Madrid are cooling their interest, and now turning their attention towards Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.
Express Sport understand Maurizio Sarri will move to make the Belgian captain of his new look side this season in order to keep the star man happy.
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The Jamaica global is keen to leave the Bundesliga club this summer and is looking to force a move through to the Premier League, thought to be his preferred destination.
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But the Catalan club have backed out of a deal, instead going for Malcom in a £35m deal. However, while this is good news in Catalonia, Willian is left stuck in London.
Madrid have been looking to replace Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in the summer and had targeted Hazard.
Chelsea will reportedly move for Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford if Thibaut Courtois leaves the club in this summer's transfer window.
Courtois had an excellent World Cup with his country and finished with winning the Golden Glove award, indicating him as the best keeper at the tournament.
Sky Sports News also reports that after Pickford, Kasper Schmeichel and Jack Butland are considered the top leading targets.