Swansea City have told Everton that they must pay £40million if they want to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.
Everton have held an interest in signing the Icelandic playmaker since last summer, when Swansea knocked back a £25m bid from the Blues. They also knocked back a £30m bid from an unnamed Chinese club in January. Speculation about Everton’s interest resurfaced towards the end of last season as the Swans battled against relegation, a battle they eventually won to stay in the Premier League.
They want to keep Sigurdsson at all costs, but accept that the 27-year-old could be tempted by a move to Everton, who have been splashing the cash in the last few days. They have already spent in excess of £53m on Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaasen. A deal for Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez is believed to be close would take their summer spending to almost £60m, while a move for Sigurdsson would take their spending to almost £100m.
The Liverpool Echo claim that Swansea are insistent that they don’t want to sell, and have slapped a £40m price tag on Sigurdssons head to try to detract potential suitors. However, should he decide to move away from the Libert stadium, they would be left with suitable transfer funds to find a replacement.
Ronald Koeman is keen to add more goals to his Everton side next season, which is why a move for Sigurdsson is attracting the Dutchman. The Swansea star scored 9 goals and provided 13 assists during his 37 Premier League appearances last season, despite the club’s struggles.
Everton are also in pole position to sign Burnley defender Michael Keane, after Manchester United signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica.