£25m-rated PL star leaves door open to reported Everton move after breaking silence
By Russell Edge
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has said that he is not “desperate” to leave Swansea but added “it’s down to the club” whether they want to sell, leaving the door open to a potential summer move.
Everton’s interest in the Icelandic international has been widely reported, with Sky Sports claiming they will target the 27-year old with a £25m deal.
The Sunday Express also reported that the Merseyside club are also willing to offer the midfielder wages of up to £140,000-a-week to ward off interest from other potential suitors.
However, it appears that Sigurdsson is in no rush to leave the Liberty Stadium this season, with the Swans’ Premier League safety confirmed, and he says he will not be leaving unless the club decide to sell him.
He told the Sky Sports website: “I’m not trying to leave, I’m not desperate to go or anything.
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“It’s down to the club if they want to sell me.”
The Welsh side managed to wrestle their way out from the relegation zone under new manager Paul Clement, who joined in January with the club bottom of the Premier League.
However, he has helped turn their season around and has picked up 26 points from 18 games to help them secure their spot in the top flight ahead of next season, and Clement’s star midfielder paid credit to his boss.
“I think for as long as he’s here the club is in really good hands,” Sigurdsson told Sky Sports on their website.”
Sigurdsson has been pivotal to Swansea’s season, picking up nine goals and 13 assists in 37 league appearances, which has got the likes of Everton sniffing around in hopes of a summer deal.
However, Swansea’s survival will mean Ronald Koeman will face a fight to prise the playmaker away, with Clement unlikely to want to sell to their league rivals – although everyone has their price.
The question is, how much do Everton want Sigurdsson?
Football Insider verdict:
Everton will be hoping that this is Sigurdsson showing respect for his club, rather than shutting the door on a move this summer. Ronald Koeman has been in pursuit of the Icelandic midfielder for nearly a year now, and he will be desperate to secure his man this summer. However with Premier League football secured – something that looked a long shot back in January – Swansea are going to be looking to hold on to their star asset for as long as possible. It will likely take a significant bid from the Toffees, or any other side, to convince Paul Clement to part with Sigurdsson. However, the proposed offer of £140,000-a-week, plus playing European football, might just turn the player’s head.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are set to launch a huge bid for a Premier League striker.