One of the more intriguing transfer sagas that is beginning to unravel this summer is where the future of Swansea City talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson lies at the start of next season.
After almost single-handedly keeping the Swans in the Premier League last season by the skin of their teeth it’s little surprise that he’s caught attention of others heading into the transfer window.
And despite insisting last month – speaking to Sky Sports – that the 27-year-old midfielder is an invaluable asset, chairman Huw Jenkins could soon find a lot of tempting offers heading in his direction.
But where do the bookies think Sigurdsson will be next season?
It seems that there are two clear front-runners in a battle for the Icelandic midfielder this summer, with Sky Bet placing Everton and Tottenham right at the top with prices of 4/6 and 5/2 respectively.
Despite the Toffees’ summer spending spree already amounting to over £90million after the early acquisitions of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez and Michael Keane it appears that Ronald Koeman won’t stop splashing the cash anytime soon with Sigurdsson around.
With the future of England international Ross Barkley unclear after he ignored Koeman’s contract ultimatum back in May, Everton look like they’ve lined up Sigurdsson as a like-for-like replacement.
However, the Daily Post claim that Everton and Swansea could be set for a transfer stalemate in the upcoming months, with the Merseyside outfit happy to play a waiting game for the Swans to sell up.
Yet it is understood that – after Jenkins’ comments last month – the Welsh side don’t feel the need to let their star player leave, with Sigurdsson key to Swansea’s aim to progress up the Premier League table.
A spanner in the works for Everton could come in the shape of Sigurdsson’s former club Tottenham though, with the odds of a return to White Hart Lane dramatically dropping from 22/1 earlier today.
This comes after Tottenham’s Twitter account sent out a potentially cryptic tweet on Tuesday morning of the Icelandic man’s five best goals in a Spurs shirt – a message deemed out of the blue.
Sigurdsson spent two years in North London and made over 50 appearances for Tottenham, and the potential for a return has been growing in stature over the past weeks.
After both Everton and Spurs, Leicester City are the shortest odds at 14/1 – although BBC Sport reports that they are on the verge of bringing in Sevilla’s Vicente Iborra to strengthen their midfield ranks – whilst West Ham, Newcastle, Chelsea, Liverpool and Southampton all currently sit at 33/1 outsiders.
It seems that at the moment it’s a toss-up between three main options – Everton, Tottenham, or to remain at the Liberty Stadium for another year (at 3/1) – and it’ll be a story worth keeping an eye on.
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