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
Everton round-up: Juanpe wanted, Schneiderlin exit route and Carvalho blow
All the latest news and gossip from Premier League side Everton.
Juanpe a target
Everton are looking at Juanpe of Girona as a potential transfer target this summer. The defender was first targeted by Steve Walsh and has been in fine form for the La Liga side.
The Toffees, according to RAC Sports 1, made a bid for the player under the guidance of former director of football Walsh. That was said to be a deal in the region of £4.4 million. The player has a release clause of £8.8 million, so double will be needed for Everton to get their hands on the player.
Everton are on the hunt for new defenders this summer as they look to reshape their weak back-line.
Unpopular with fans, Morgan Schneiderlin is set to get another chance at Everton next season.
However, Marseille are said to be keen on his signature. The French giants are looking at potential replacements should they lose one of Morgan Sanson or Zambo Anguissa this summer.
One name that has come up is Schneiderlin, a boyhood Marseille fan. According to France Football, as reported by Sport Witness, he is one of the names Marseille are considering.
Schneiderlin joined Everton in a £22 million deal in January 2017.
Everton may have missed out on William Carvalho, according to reports in Italy. Corriere dello Sport are suggesting Inter Milan may have won the race for the Portugal international.
The report suggests a €2.5m-a-year (£2.2 million) deal is in place to take Carvalho to the San Siro.
The midfielder has rescinded his contract at Sporting Lisbon after an incident involving a mob of fans and has been tracked by Everton for some time.
Everton remain keen on Steve Walsh target Juanpe and he’d be an £8.8m bargain
Everton need new centre-backs this summer.
Everton are reportedly interested in Girona defender Juanpe, according to reports in Spain this week. Fichajes relays the information that Everton, along with German side Freiburg, are keen on signing the talented central defender. The report claims the 27-year-old star has a release clause in the region of €10 million (£8.8 million). A report from RAC Sports 1 has stated that Everton offered €5 million (£4.4 million) for the player when Steve Walsh was at Goodison Park and maintain their interest.
Juanpe has had an excellent season with Girona. He played 35 games for the club last season and excelled at the back for the side, who finished 10th in La Liga last season. Not only is he a brilliant defender, but he is also a threat going forward, scoring five goals last season. For many La Liga fans, he is one of the most underrated defenders in the Spanish top flight.
Everton need a new defender in the summer and have been linked with big money moves for the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Matthijs De Ligt. So bringing in Juanpe may seem like a lack of ambition from Everton.
However, he would be an absolute bargain at £8.8 million.
Everton, in reality, could do with bringing in more than one new central defender and therefore a cheaper option needs to be brought in.
Juanpe fits that role perfectly and Everton would be wise to bring him in.
Matthijs De Ligt signing would be huge Everton coup and Mino Raiola makes it possible
The Ajax teenager is wanted by Everton and his new agent could play a key role.
It appears Everton are the latest team hoping to bring Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt to the Premier League. The Telegraph reported yesterday that the Toffees are hoping to bring the Dutch teenager to the Premier League to help in their centre-back revamp.
De Ligt has been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester City and even Barcelona this summer, so is clearly a highly-rated talent. With good reason as well. The Ajax star is already a full international at just 18 and has been favourably compared to Dutch legend and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman in playing style.
Valued at £50 million his arrival would be a game changer for Everton. Better than former player John Stones at this age, he would represent one of the biggest but boldest investments in the club’s history.
Is it possible?
The thing is, the deal could actually have legs.
De Ligt is now represented by Italian agent Mino Raiola. More famous for representing the likes of Mario Balotelli and Paul Pogba, the superstar agent actually has huge links with Dutch football.
One of those links is with new Everton director of football Marcel Brands. The pair have a strong working relationship and Sky Sports reported that the pair may work together to bring in some of the best talent at Goodison Park.
Raiola has a good relationship with Everton, appreciating the way they handled his client Romelu Lukaku’s career.
Meanwhile, despite City and Tottenham being keen on De Ligt the agent has a strained relationship with Pep Guardiola and reports suggest the same about Daniel Levy.
Sure enough if Everton did sign De Ligt the agent will be actively looking to take him elsewhere at a huge profit but it is in his best interests if the teenager makes his first move to a team like Everton.
As for De Ligt, it also makes sense, alleviating the pressure of immediately joining a Champions League side.
His signing would be a game changer and, the more you look at it, the more likely it becomes a possibility.
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