Gylfi Sigurdsson has been at the centre of lots of speculation this summer and he has become unsettled at Swansea City. The Icelandic midfielder has been left out of the club’s pre-season tour to the United States, according to Sky Sports, which will only intensify the discussion regarding his future. It is clear that it needs to be solved quickly and this latest development opens the door for Everton to finally complete a deal to take him to Merseyside.
The Toffees have been the most active team in the transfer market and they are determined to add Sigurdsson to their growing list of new signings. They have already spent nearly £100 million this summer and the Mirror report that they have tabled a club record £40 million bid for Sigurdsson. Although Swansea want closer to £50 million, the player has grown unsettled and their negotiating position is weakening.
It is thought that the Icelandic international wants to move to Everton as he is impressed by the business they have conducted this summer. There has been other interest in the midfielder, with both Leicester City, according to BBC Sport and Tottenham, according to the Standard, linked earlier on.
Swansea will find it difficult to replace Sigurdsson with a player of similar quality and they realise that, which is why they are digging their heels in about the fee. There will be few that believe that he is actually worth £50 million, even die-hard Swansea fans. However, to the Swans, he is invaluable and they are correct to get as much as they possibly can for him.
Now that it is looking likely that the midfielder will leave the club this summer, it would be better for Paul Clement if the deal was completed quickly. They need to think of the future and start drawing up a list of possible replacements. The next problem will be that clubs will know they have money to burn if Sigurdsson is sold. That will lead to inflated prices, in what is already a crazy market.
It would have been better to source a replacement before selling, but they are too late to do that.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the latest developments in the Sigurdsson saga:
— bwin (@bwin) July 13, 2017
— Karl Merriman (@KMacDW) July 13, 2017
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) July 13, 2017
? Mohamed Salah – £37m
? Bernardo Silva – £43m
? James Rodríguez – £40m*
? Swansea reject £40m for Gylfi Sigurðsson.
— bet365 (@bet365) July 13, 2017
Swansea fans were disappointed:
Unfortunately I reckon Sigurdsson is going ? fs #swans
— mollie (@molliefenty) July 13, 2017
I understand if Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to join Everton but he's shown a lack of class by refusing to go the America with the team #Swans
— Paul (@IceWithNoLemon) July 13, 2017
Everton fans had the opposite reaction:
— Phil Livingstone (@Livooo) July 13, 2017
Sigurdsson is the one player I've wanted from the start. Can guarantee I'll be buying the new @Everton away top with his name on it ???
— Dom (@Dom_EFC) July 13, 2017
If we get Sigurdsson, i honestly don't care how much he costs, i can still remember Birmingham calling our bid for Robbie Savage 'derisory'
— Liam (@Macca26efc) July 13, 2017
Although lots of people think he is overpriced:
City paid 55mil for KDB, 5 more than Sigurdsson's fee. That money gets you ridiculous quality, why not use it to get that kind of player…?
— Josh Farrell (@JoshTFarrell) July 13, 2017
Swansea will get a similar fee for Sigurdsson that we paid for O?il!!!! Games gone
— GoonerGrey ?? (@GoonerGrey) July 13, 2017
40 million for Sigurdsson is absolutely ridiculous
— Kevin (@Kevsafc22) July 13, 2017
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