As reported by The Sun, Swansea City are digging their heels in to prevent Everton from stealing away one of their key talents this summer.
What’s the story?
The saga of Gylfi Sigurdsson and the Toffees has rumbled on all summer with Ronald Koeman apparently hoping to make him a key part of his much changed Everton side next season.
However, The Sun say the asking price for the attacking midfielder is now an eye-watering £50m, which is £10m more than Everton’s latest bid for the player.
Swansea have also released a stinging statement designed to warn off the Toffees from making any untoward advances for the player.
As quoted by The Sun, owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien said:
We’ve not received an offer which represents a fair valuation of Gylfi given his importance to us. We will not be bullied into a decision until a club meets our valuation of the player, no matter whether they believe they have an agreement with the player. Any such agreement would obviously be in contravention of Premier League legislation.
Given his importance to the Swans, it makes sense they would value him so much, but are Everton being priced out of any move for him?
Becoming too much money?
With nine goals and 13 assists in the English Premier League last season, Sigurdsson has been one of the stand-outs across the entire division, despite playing for a club who were mired in a relegation battle for most of the campaign.
He was a one man band at the Swans at times last season and arguably deserves to be surrounded by more talented players. At 27 years old he is entering the prime of his career and has definitely improved as a top-flight star since leaving White Hart Lane.
Koeman needs depth and quality at the club next season if he is to have his side truly compete in the top-flight and Sigurdsson adds both to attacking midfield in support of Romelu Lukaku.
However, the reported £50m is a huge amount of money for Everton. Although they’ve not held back in the transfer market this summer, at some point they’ll be paying way over the odds for the attacking midfielder. Is there better elsewhere in the market for that sort of money?
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