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Sigurdsson out of Swansea side for friendly

The latest episode of the Game of Sigurdsson saga is now live

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Gylfi Sigurdsson
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The on-again, off-again transfer of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton has been dragging on all summer, and today there’s been another chapter added to that ever-lengthening novel with the Iceland international being dropped from the Swansea City side that will take on Birmingham City in a friendly this afternoon.

As reported by Sky Sports this morning, the player has been left out of the squad due to “ongoing transfer speculation”.

This could mean that the Sigurdsson transfer is finally about to go through with either the Swans finally relenting from their £50m or nothing stance, or Everton have decide to pony up the additional cash after their reported £40m was turned down, or it could even mean absolutely nothing at all and this transfer saga will continue to roll on into another week.

The Toffees would do well to button up this transfer as soon as possible considering how long it’s been dragged out, and especially if they want to improve on a lacklustre display in the first leg of the third qualifying round Europa League fixture against Slovak side MFK Ruzomberok. Everton carry a slim 1-0 lead into Thursday’s away return leg and spent long periods of that win playing uninspiring football in the middle, something Ronald Koeman will want corrected.

For a quick recap of all the events that have come to pass in Koeman and Everton’s pursuit of the playmaker, follow the entire timeline here.