By Derek Smithson
Everton are facing serious competition from Premier League rivals Leicester in the chase to sign Swansea attacker Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the 27-year-old is set to leave the Liberty Stadium in the summer and that the Toffees have been leading the chase for his signature.
However, it is understood that Leicester have now made an offer for the playmaker in a deal worth £125,000-a-week.
The report details that the pay package is more than that of Everton, but the chance to move to Goodison Park is interesting Sigurdsson.
The Telegraph have reported that Everton have already seen a £40million bid turned down by Swansea for the Iceland international as Ronald Koeman tries to continue his summer spending.
Sigurdsson has been a star performer for Swansea in recent years and helped them avoid relegation last season from the Premier League.
He made 40 appearances across all competitions for the Swans, scoring 10 goals and supplying 13 assists in return.
Sigurdsson has been recognised as an attacking midfielder for most of his career and showed his flexibility last season by playing anywhere across the frontline.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should be able to edge past Leicester for the signature of Sigurdsson, but the reported £50million asking price is far too high. The Toffees have already shown real intent in the window so far with six new quality signings, including Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney. Sigurdsson would certainly have a place in the starting line-up if he moved to the Merseyside club and could be the perfect replacement for Tottenham-bound Ross Barkley. He has proven himself in the Premier League and deserves to be playing at a higher level after his performances for Swansea. Koeman has been given the financial backing in the window already and they are being held to ransom over Sigurdsson’s signature.
In other Everton transfer news, they are in a three-way battle to sign a Premier League forward.