Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is a wanted man – and it seems Everton manager Ronald Koeman will stop at nothing to ensure the Icelandic international signs for the Toffees this summer.
After having an opening offer of £40 million rebuffed by the South Wales outfit, according to Sky Sports, Koeman has returned with an improved bid of £40 million, plus £5 million in add-ons, according to the Telegraph.
Swans’ chairman Huw Jenkins has previously slapped a price-tag of £50 million, as per The Guardian on the Icelandic international, who missed the club’s pre-season tour to the United States due to concerns about his state of mind following the transfer speculation.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise to see the club rejecting Everton’s latest offer, as Sky Sports sources understand.
Koeman’s admiration for Sigurdsson is an open secret and, despite having already spent upwards of £90 million this summer, the Dutchman looks intent on writing another sizeable cheque.
An attacking midfielder with an eye for goal – not to mention a master from set pieces – Sigurdsson’s stock has risen since he joined Swansea, after a tough time at Tottenham Hotspur in which he failed to establish himself. His form has not gone unnoticed.
However, when assessing Everton’s squad, players of Sigurdsson’s type are not found to be in short supply.
Among Koeman’s summer signings are Wayne Rooney and Davvy Klaassen, both of whom can fulfill the attacking midfielder role, while Ross Barkley and Tom Davies were given plenty of game-time last season.
It is not a position in which Everton look weak. In fact, Koeman has plenty of options that can play in behind a number nine.
It is easy to see why Swansea are so determined to keep hold of Sigurdsson. Without him, they would arguably not be a Premier League club.
The 27-year-old was their chief architect last season with 13 assists and he also scored nine goals, including a crucial equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford, which boosted their survival aspirations.
Swansea are under absolutely no pressure to sell and hold all the cards here, with Sigurdsson only one year into an improved four-year contract.
Everton know the amount they will have to stump up to land their target, with Jenkins adamant that his club will not sell the Icelandic superstar for less than £50 million. It has been a protracted saga that may continue deep into the transfer window.
Sigurdsson would enhance the Everton squad but would he provide the top-class quality that could propel Everton into the top six, which has to be the club’s objective this coming season? There is no guarantee of that.
Having already bolstered his midfield, perhaps Koeman would be wise to give up on Sigurdsson and look elsewhere, where he may find better value for money.