By Russell Edge
Everton are prepared to offer Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson £140,000-a-week in a bid to lure him to the club this summer, according to a report.
The Sunday Express claim that Swansea are ready to let their star man leave at the end of the season irrespective of whether they maintain their top-flight status.
Everton are prepared to splash the cash on the £30million-rated Iceland international and offer him a huge contract worth up to £8million-a-year to blow Newcastle out of the water.
Toffees’ boss Ronald Koeman was keen on signing Sigurdsson last summer after arriving at the club, but Swansea were reluctant to sell their star player, who impressed with Iceland at Euro 2016, and he signed a new contract in August.
Everton continued their pursuit during the January transfer window, and it seems that Koeman will make another concerted attempt to convince Sigurdsson to move to Merseyside.
The Express report that Koeman regards the 27-year-old as a replacement for Ross Barkley, whose future at the club is in serious doubt.
The Icelandic has been in fine form for his club this season, contributing eight goals and eleven assists in the league, and Koeman sees him as an ideal replacement for Ross Barkley, who looks set to leave the club.
Football Insider verdict:
It seems that Gylfi Sigurdsson is ready to leave Swansea no matter what happens in their battle for survival. Paul Clement will be reluctant to see his star man depart but £30m is an awful lot of money for a club of that size. As for Everton, I am not sure Sigurdsson is the right man to replace Ross Barkley if he were to leave. He is a fine player in impressive form, but I believe he is too different to Barkley to be a like-for-like replacement. Plus, at 27, he is at the prime of his career, whereas Barkley is set to develop and flourish even further.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are close to sealing a £10.2m deal for an attacking midfielder.