With Swansea City sticking to their guns on their valuation of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton’s interest in the player seems to have cooled significantly. However, as the Independent have pointed out, now it might appear that his former club Tottenham Hotspur could be chasing the player, jumping ahead of the Toffees.
The whole premise of the link seems somewhat tenuous, starting with a tweet by the London club today to mark five years since they first signed the Icelandic international from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. He had just spent the 2011-12 season at Swansea City on loan where he first caught the eye of Premier League fans. See the tweet in question below.
Considering that Sigurdsson spent two mostly quiet seasons at Spurs before being sold to the Swans in 2014, it is interesting but could ultimately be overreaction on everyone’s part to make anything of this, but you never know with this time of the year.
The midfielder played a pivotal role in Premier League survival in the 2016-17 season, scoring nine times and assisting in another 13 goals. Everton were looking like the favourites for his signature as the previous season ended, with betting on his move to Goodison Park suspended as well at one point.
However, there are unconfirmed reports that at least one Toffees bid of £27m has been turned down, with the South Wales club looking for £40m for Sigurdsson. The Blues have been at their free-spending best this summer, adding Davy Klaassen for £23.6m, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane for up to £30m apiece with add-ons, and Sandro Ramirez for his release clause of £5.2m.
With that though, shelling out a further £40m doesn’t seem necessarily viable while further defensive reinforcements are yet to be made, especially at the left back position where there is shallow cover for Leighton Baines.