The Daily Mail has reported that Swansea are bracing for a new and improved bid from Everton, for their skipper Gylfi Sigurdsson. They had rejected a £25 million bid earlier from the Merseysiders. Reportedly, Everton are preparing a new bid for around £32 million.
Nevertheless, Swansea are holding on to their stance that the Icelander is not for sale this season. Unfortunately for the Welsh side, reports suggest that Sigurdsson is keen to join Everton and work under Ronald Koeman.
Sigurdsson remains Everton’s top priority though the club is negotiating with Manchester United and Arsenal for Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud, respectively.
Everton were not the only English club interested in the midfielder. His former club, Tottenham Hotspurs and the 2015 – 16 Premier League champions, Leicester City had also asked for his availability. Straightaway, the Welsh club had rejected to hold talks.
Sigurdsson has joined the club for the pre – season training as their campaign starts from next week. He was given 4 days off as a respite after returning from international duty.
Sigurdsson was pivotal for Swansea last season as he helped them avoid the relegation. Though his team was struggling, he finished with second most assists in the league. He also chipped in with 9 goals.
Sigurdsson is a dead ball specialist. Majority of his assists were from set – pieces. The midfielder is good with his weaker foot too. His importance to the club is immense and Swansea cannot afford to part with him.
Steven Kaplan, one of the entrepreneurs in charge of the US consortium running Swansea, underlined how vital Sigurdsson is to the Welsh club. He told Wales Online –
We all know how important Gylfi is, just as he knows how much he’s valued and loved here.
There’s been interest in him before – there were some pretty big enquiries about him last summer and in the January window.
But we didn’t want to sell him then and we don’t want to sell him now.
Swansea have signed Roque Mesa from Las Palmas for £11 million. The contract is for 4 years and sources close to the club are saying that he is being regarded as a replacement for their skipper.
They also added that Swansea might cave in if the transfer amount touches the £40 million mark and would be left with no option other than selling him.