By Danny Wright
Everton had reached a verbal agreement with Swansea over a deal for attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [07:01pm] that the Toffees then decided to withdraw from their agreement and revert back to the original £40million offer that was earlier rejected.
It is now understood that talks have broken down between the two Premier League rivals and Ronald Koeman could be facing the prospect of being unable to land the 27-year-old after at least five weeks’ worth of negotiations.
The report adds that there is less than £5million preventing the two teams from reaching an agreement with one another and that both of their transfer plans for the rest of the summer could be scuppered.
Everton have not been afraid to flaunt their cash this summer having already broken their club record transfer on Jordan Pickford in his £30million move from Sunderland.
Romelu Lukaku’s switch to Manchester United looks to have bankrolled what has been a major splurge from the Toffees, but it now seems that they may be unable to continue that trend with a Sigurdsson deal now seemingly out of reach.
Football Insider Verdict
With just a few days before the season starts, this is a major blow for Everton. It doesn’t seem like any progress is being made in Ross Barkley’s exit from Goodison Park, meaning that the England international and Sigurdsson could now be staying put until at least January. Everton already have a very strong squad and they could still achieve their goals without Sigurdsson in their side. Davy Klaassen is perhaps one of the most exciting players to sign up for the Merseyside club this summer and he could certainly fill the playmaking void left if Barkley leaves or Iceland international Sigurdsson doesn’t come in. Koeman should still be on the look-out for a new striker before the end of this month and it could be a risk to put all his expectation on Sandro Ramirez to get the goals.