Everton’s £30million bid for Gylfi Sigurdsson will come as a surprise to few, however, the boarding reject that bid will come as a relief to many.
The Icelandic star was always going to be the recipient of a host of attention during the transfer window and unfortunately, aside from reject any bid, there is little the club can do about it. That said, Sigurdsson’s own comments do bring a sense of commitment from the 27-year-old. Sigurdsson stated that he is currently happy in South Wales and is not actively seeking an exit, thus it is “down to the club” if they wish to cash-in on his talent, following a brilliant season.
If the Jacks’ relegation battle proved anything it was that Sigurdsson’s creative flair is hard to come by these days and it’s refreshing to see Steve Kaplan, Jason Levien and Paul Clement stand firm over their wishes to keep the midfielder. Kaplan and Levien have made it clear that they want to keep old of last season’s Player of the Year and have already fended off previous interest in the former Spurs man.
Of the Swans’ 45 league goals last season, Sigurdsson was directly involved in almost 49%, just short of half. He scored nine and assisted 13 and was personally responsible for helping Clement’s men accumulate 14 points. Without Sigurdsson, the Swans would have finished on just 27 points in 19th place. Only Jermain Defoe with 58% of Sunderland’s goals and Romelu Lukaku with 50% of Everton’s tally rivalled Sigurdsson to such a feat.
Though, even with the board rejecting the bid from Everton, that is unlikely to deter Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman has already splashed out on Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen as the Toffees’ new owners look to go huge summer spending spree. However, it remains whether to be seen if the club will increase their bid of £30million.
In more positive news for the Swans, Everton have agreed a £5.2million deal for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez. The 21-year-old will officially sign at Goodison Park following the conclusion of the European U21 Championship, though the player wishes to focus on tomorrow’s semi-final as Spain take on Poland.
And how is this good news for the Swans? Well, Ramirez’s replacement at Malaga is none other than Borja Baston. Negotiations are said to be progressing going well for the £15million record buy so the club should hopefully be able to at least recoup some of their transfer fee whilst offloading the former Atletico Madrid man from the wage bill.