In Focus: Everton must pay £35m to sign midfielder; would be money well spent

According to reports in the Daily Mail on Monday, Everton may have to pay £35m if they want to sign in-form Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is a big fan of the Iceland international, who has been the standout player for a Swans side that has spent the majority of the season battling against relegation.

The Dutchman is keen to take some of the goal pressure off of the Premier League’s leading marksman Romelu Lukaku, and sees Sigurdsson as the ideal man to add some goals from midfield.

However, Swansea certainly aren’t willing to let their key man leave on the cheap, whichever division they find themselves in next term.

Weren’t Everton interested before?

Correct.

The report in the Daily Mail says Koeman told Swansea of his interest in the 27-year-old during the January transfer window, but the Welsh club weren’t willing to let their star man leave while they were fighting a battle against relegation – fair enough really!

How well has he done this season?

He has been brilliant.

He leads the Premier League assists table with 11, while he has also scored eight league goals for the Swans too – not bad for a player that has either featured in an attacking midfield position, behind the striker or as a ‘false nine’.

With someone as potent as Lukaku in the middle, Koeman will also be impressed that Sigurdsson has also provided more crosses (213) than any other top flight player this term.

Is he actually worth £35m?

In a word, yes.

In the modern age of football were transfer fees are increasing all of the time, to sign a proven Premier League player with impressive stats for that fee wouldn’t be a bad bit of business at all for Everton.

The Toffees are keen to build and push on but if you can’t always compete with the top clubs in England for the top names, then signing the best players from the sides below in the league isn’t a bad business plan.

 


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