Aug 16, 2017
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Twitter reacts to Everton signing Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City

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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.

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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:

The money being spent came under scrutiny:

Everton fans were excited by the signing:

Swansea supporters wished him well:

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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