Everton have made their intentions clear on signing Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer, after making an improved bid for the experienced Premier League player. The Merseyside club had seen an initial bid of £40m being rejected for the Iceland international.
According to a report in Sky Sports, the Toffees have made an improved bid worth up to £45m, which include £5m in add-ons.
Swansea, however, have rejected the offer as they are understood to be holding out for £50m, and Ronald Koeman’s side is desperate to add more character to their midfield.
Sigurdsson played a crucial role for the Swans last season, helping them stay up in top flight of English football and survive relegation. The versatile player scored 10 goals in 40 matches, and Koeman regards him highly.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player has been missing Swansea’s 10-day tour to the United States of America, as the club felt he was not in “the right frame of mind to travel”. Speculation has been ripe about the star player throughout the summer, and it looks like it will continue for the upcoming weeks.
Koeman has made a number of high-profile signings this summer, as he wants to fight for a Champions League berth and do well in the Europa League this coming season.
Everton have already signed the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen, and are keen to spend more in order to fight the top sides. Therefore, the Toffees will hope their latest bid is enough to sign Sigurdsson, who has proved his mettle in the Premier League.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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