The long-running transfer saga surrounding Everton’s approach for Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson appears to finally be reaching breaking point. The ‘will he go or won’t he?’ question that has been on the lips of fans of both clubs in recent weeks may now be drawing nearer a response, with reports now emerging that the deal, in spite of all the speculation, now may not happen at all.
According to the Telegraph, Everton boss Ronald Koeman is growing frustrated with the club’s failed attempts to land the Iceland international, who is thought to have become the Dutchman’s Number One transfer target this summer. If true, it is a marked contrast from the hopefulness of Koeman even as early as Monday, when he informed the Liverpool Echo that a deal was close to being completed.
The article suggests that the current snag in the deal is being caused by a £5million discrepancy between Swansea’s asking price and Everton’s valuation of the player, and that sources close to the Sigurdsson negotiations have outed that a £45 million up-front fee without add-ons was agreed verbally between both parties, but that Everton have now gone back on the deal and attempted to renegotiate.
With the Swansea hierarchy thought to have reacted adversely to these latest developments due to rapidly thinning patience, concern has begun to arise amongst the Everton contingency that the deal may collapse, despite the Icelander himself favouring a move to Goodison Park.
Much displeasure surrounding the deal will inevitably come from Swansea manager, Paul Clement, who has been keen to see the back of the transfer saga surrounding Sigurdsson so as to not have to deal with disruptions amidst his preparations for the start of the season.
An up-to-date report on the transfer saga from Wales Online claims that Swansea had already rebuffed at least one offer of around £40million prior to the latest round of negotiations, and remain unwilling to budge on their £50 million valuation of last season’s star man. However, the report also suggests that despite Koeman’s growing frustration with the situation and Swansea’s own lack of patience, Everton are expected to return with an improved offer given that Sigurdsson has become the Dutchman’s priority target.
Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin informed the Liverpool Echo that he expects the club to continue to make signings this transfer window, despite the setback in the Sigurdsson deal.
“I do not think the Club will stop”, Schneiderlin said. “It will be very interesting to see who they bring in, in the last few weeks of the transfer window – then it will be up to us to do the talking on the pitch and deliver the best performances possible.
“We are really looking forward to it. We have prepared ourselves for the past five weeks to be in the best shape possible for this season. We will be as good as we can be to be able to beat Stoke to give us a good start to the season.”
A left-back and left-sided centre-half are thought to be two other positions still to be filled out on Ronald Koeman’s summer shopping list as the opening weekend of the Premier League season draws ever closer.