Everton have finally completed the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City. The BBC report that the fee is around £45 million. The two clubs have been in negotiations all summer and a deal was agreed on Tuesday night. It always seemed likely that the Icelandic midfielder would join the Toffees, but the Swans did well to get the biggest fee possible.
Swansea had set an asking price of £50 million and had turned down several bids from Everton during the summer. Time is running out in the window and the Welsh club decided that it was better to agree to a sale now, rather than letting it run to the final days. Sigurdsson will become the club’s record signing, beating the £31.8 million that they paid to Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku.
The pressure will now be on Sigurdsson to prove that he is worth the outlay. The 27-year-old struggled at Tottenham and there will be doubts whether he can be as effective in a bigger team than Swansea. Ronald Koeman will have aspirations of breaking into the top six and he will need his new signing to hit the ground running if his team are going to achieve that. Last season, he contributed nine goals and 13 assists as the Swans avoided relegation. A similar return this campaign will be required if he is to avoid criticism in the media.
There are selection problems ahead for Koeman and his coaching staff. They have Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney already on their books. Both play in a similar role to Sigurdsson and it could prove very difficult to get them all performing in the same team. In addition to those two, Ross Barkley remains with the club and he is another that likes to play in an advanced midfield role.
Although Barkley could yet leave in the transfer window, it does seem that Everton have too many players that can operate in the number ten role. For a fee of £45 million, it would be ridiculous if Sigurdsson doesn’t play in his favoured position. The next few weeks will be fascinating as Koeman attempts to get all of his attacking players on the field at once.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Everton signing Gylfi Sigurdsson:
??? | Welcome to Everton, Gylfi Sigurdsson!
— Everton (@Everton) August 16, 2017
OFFICIAL: Gylfi Sigurdsson is an Everton player.
What an incredible reveal video ???pic.twitter.com/bmV3OfjiAX
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) August 16, 2017
Watched Spurs beat Villa in 2014. Paulinho & Sigurdsson. Didn't realise watching £80m of talent. Must mean Eriksen, who played too, is £100m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 16, 2017
After 3 weeks in a Liverpool city centre hotel, Gylfi Sigurdsson hears that he can finally speak to Everton. pic.twitter.com/yuun7L782w
— Ste Kelly (@stekellyefc) August 15, 2017
The money being spent came under scrutiny:
In signing Sigurdsson, Ronald Koeman has spent £227.4m in 14 months at Everton, £90m more than David Moyes did in 11 years at the club #EFC
— Ben Grounds (@Ben_Islington) August 16, 2017
No doubt #Sigurdsson is a quality player, but £45mil is over the top even in this inflated transfer fee period! £25mil max
— Chris Bloomfield (@CSBloomfield) August 16, 2017
Sigurdsson going to EFC for £45m. To put that in perspective that's roughly how much Real Madrid paid for Zidane ?
— James Reardon (@JamesR90) August 16, 2017
Everton fans were excited by the signing:
Delighted with Sigurdsson a class player ?? #EFC
— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) August 16, 2017
Finally, made up. Great signing that Gylfi Sigurdsson ???#EFC
— Kev (@KevBlank9) August 16, 2017
Swansea supporters wished him well:
One of the best to wear the Swans shirt..all the best at Everton. Now we need to get stuck in to getting some signings of our own!
— Ben Jones (@BenJones18) August 16, 2017
Arguably the best player to wear the Swans shirt. A shame how it ended, but thanks for everything Gylfi? https://t.co/mGwLdxRswp
— cai greenslade (@CaiGreenslade) August 16, 2017