The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting big changes at Goodison Park this summer…
The arrival of a player like Gylfi Sigurdsson would certainly be a good start to that process, but unfortunately for the Everton faithful, Ronald Koeman appears to have hit a snag in his pursuit. According to the Mirror, Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Swansea for the Icelandic international, but agreeing personal terms with him could seemingly pose a bit of a problem.
With Sigurdsson apparently demanding a hefty pay rise to move clubs, Everton need to ensure that they manoeuvre around this situation carefully. That being said, it is noted that Swansea could be facing a ‘losing battle’, suggesting that a deal is somewhat likely.
Though this may be something that can be worked out long-term, it certainly poses a bit of a problem for the Toffees, with a move for Sigurdsson undoubtedly near the top of Koeman’s wish list. With the Icelandic in fine form this season, a move away from Swansea City looks likely, and if Everton don’t seal this move quickly – another side could come in.
Tottenham, most notably, have been linked with the midfielder as of late.
This news has been met with a mixed reaction from the Toffees in the Transfer Tavern. On a basic level, they are delighted that the midfielder is a target, as many think that he is one of the Premier League’s most underrated players. The wage dilemma could prove to become an issue, they fear, with the club unlikely to fork out a big salary alongside his reported transfer fee of £25 million, though they are hopeful.
Our landlord, though, thinks that Everton should just pay up. He thinks that Sigurdsson is just that good, particularly if Ross Barkley departs the club this summer.
Everton fans – thoughts?
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