According to reports in the Mirror early this morning, Swansea City and Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is on the verge of making a £25 million switch to Premier League rivals Everton.
It is believed that the 27-year-old has chosen Goodison Park as his preferred destination despite growing interest from Southampton and former side Tottenham.
Yet Sigurdsson’s high wage demands of around £120,000-a-week has allegedly stalled ongoing talks between the sides, with Everton boss Ronald Koeman unwilling to match the midfielder’s wishes.
Swansea City manager Paul Clement – who helped mastermind the Swans’ great escape from relegation this season – reportedly wants to keep Sigurdsson but the wheels are already in motion.
What could the Icelandic midfielder bring to Everton?
In a season where Swansea City narrowly avoided losing their top-flight status, Gylfi Sigurdsson was a man that stood up to be counted and gave his all in keeping the Welsh side up.
It’s been no secret that he has been the main man at the Liberty Stadium for a few years now, and almost undeniably if it wasn’t for his impact again this season then Swansea may not have survived.
Nine goals and 13 assists in a Premier League campaign is no mean feat for anyone, let alone for somebody playing for a relegation-threatened side, and he contributed to 47% of Swansea’s goal tally.
His ability with the ball at his feet is second-to-none at times, having quick enough feet to skip past a challenge whilst simultaneously possessing the vision to pick out runners in-behind defensive lines.
There’s a creativity to his play that also makes him stand out in the Premier League, generally operating in and around the edge of the area and having a natural instinct to pick out a final, cutting ball.
Sigurdsson is also such a versatile player, making himself an unpredictable threat that is hard to defend against, having played in the number ten role, left midfield role and central midfield position under Paul Clement this season – and he has the stamina and energy needed to compete for a full 90 minutes.
Not only is Sigurdsson a true team player, but he’s capable of moments of brilliance that puts him up there with some of the world’s best – his free-kick to secure a point against Manchester United during Swansea’s battle for survival was crucial, and it wasn’t the first instance of individual quality this year.
Issues surrounding his wage demands, combined with fresh reports from Wales Online suggesting that Swansea’s majority shareholder Steve Kaplan has insisted that Sigurdsson is not up for sale this summer, has now left a cloud hanging over a potential switch to Ronald Koeman’s side.
This could certainly be one to look out for over the next few weeks, however, with a player of Sigurdsson’s calibre certainly able to offer so much more than just helping a club avoid relegation.