Every time it looks like Swansea City are about to face the drop, the first player linked with leaving the Welsh club is their talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson. And inevitably, the first club he gets linked with is almost always Everton.
Which is almost understandable considering the Toffees have expressed their interest in the player multiple times in the past, and were rumoured to have even made a big money bid for the player in the January transfer window, with the Swans turning it down as they needed the player in their relegation battle.
However, what is incredibly galling now is that Sigurdsson is being linked to the Blues as the replacement for Ross Barkley!
The media had all but written off the Wavertree-born midfielder at the beginning of the season when he was having trouble staying in Ronald Koeman’s starting XI. When the Dutchman continued to use his ‘tough love’ approach on Barkley, the same media took great glee in dismissing the player.
But now that Barkley has hit a rich vein of form and is likely to make his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, the very same media and in particular one tabloid, are quick to jump back on the bangwagon and try to sell him to Tottenham Hotspur or any of the other top six clubs.
And there’s a very circular irony that the former Spurs player would come to Everton to replace a player headed to Spurs.
It is very likely that Everton will look to make some signings to bolster the midfield and forward ranks this summer, especially if they qualify for the Europa League. What is very unlikely though is that Ronald Koeman will look to get rid of Barkley after having invested significant time and resources in getting him to fit into the Dutchman’s system.
Should the Swans go down, Everton would be glad to sign the player if they have four fronts to compete on next season, but attacking midfielders of his pedigree come at a premium in the Premier League, and multiple teams will be chasing his signature.