By Harry Sykes
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s reported move to Everton took a shock twist on Wednesday with Everton performing a u-turn on an offer, according to a report.
Sky Sports Transfer Centre (10.13am) reported that Sky Sources understand that a verbal agreement was reached between Swansea and Everton, only for Everton to withdraw their offer.
It is not stated what price agreement was reached at, but it has been reported that Everton have gone back on their valuation and are now prepared to pay £40million for their man.
This is an unexpected twist. Negotiations have been ongoing for a while now over Gylfi Sigurdsson’s move and everyone expected it to be resolved quickly after both managers seemed to indicate a deal was imminent.
There is no question that the deal is off but it seems very odd that Everton would make a verbal agreement with Swansea only to row back on it and revert back to a previous offer.
It’s hard to imagine this being a case of mistaken words – the agreement was said to be for a higher offer that the £40million Everton are now said to be holding onto.
There is obviously something in the deal that we’re not privy to, but it does seem like the deal will still be pushed through this week.
Both managers seem in agreement – Ronald Koeman wants the player and Paul Clement seems resigned to losing him, and just wants the deal concluded quickly.
It might be that the money on top of the £40million consisted of top-ups and there might have been confusion over this. Either way it would be good to get the deal done as soon as possible for all parties concerned.
And we expect that to happen soon. With the Premier League starting this weekend, neither team wants the circus of this transfer saga costing them Premier League points.