James Trafford, the talented England goalkeeper, has maintained unwavering self-belief as he guided the Young Lions to an impressive final without conceding a single goal.
His exceptional performances have caught the attention of Burnley, who are on the brink of making him their most expensive signing to date.
The Premier League newcomers have agreed on an initial fee of £15m with Manchester City, a figure that could potentially rise to £19m with add-ons.
This substantial sum surpasses the amount the Clarets paid for striker Chris Wood back in 2017.
If the deal goes through, Trafford will become the third-most-expensive English goalkeeper ever, following in the footsteps of Aaron Ramsdale and Jordan Pickford.
This remarkable achievement comes after a successful loan spell at Bolton in League One.
Despite being loaned to Accrington Stanley just two years ago, the determined 20-year-old has always held firm in his belief that he will one day become the number-one goalkeeper for his country.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Trafford expressed his conviction, stating, “From the very beginning of my professional career at Accrington, I made it clear to everyone that I would play for England and for City.
The people around me have always believed in me, and I still wholeheartedly believe in myself.”
His standout performances in England’s journey to the European final against Spain have further strengthened his claims.
In an interview with SurgeZirc Sports in Georgia, Trafford emphasized his ambition, saying, “I aspire to play at the highest level possible. Bolton was instrumental in my development, and I reciprocated by delivering exceptional form. I have carried this momentum into the current season.”