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Boost for Everton & Leicester in their bid to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson

Boost for Everton & Leicester in their bid to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson

Swansea confirmed that Sigurdsson won't be joining the rest of the squad on the pre-season tour, admitting that he "did not feel in the right frame of mind" to travel.

Sigurdsson played 45 minutes in Swansea's first pre-season friendly against Barnet last night, but advised club official after the match that he did not wish to go to America with a transfer close to being agreed.

The Telegraph reported that Everton had failed with an initial club-record offer of £40m ($51.9m) for Sigurdsson, although it was claimed that negotiations would continue and that a deal could be concluded this week.

Swansea's hierarchy had slapped a £50m price tag on the Iceland worldwide in a bid to ward off interest from other clubs, but their stance appears to have softened after manager Paul Clement hinted that they would be unable to hold on to Sigurdsson if he asked to leave.

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Koeman said: "At the moment, it's not a clear situation". Reports say Leicester have also made a bid, slightly higher than Everton's, which was also rejected.

Only two other players, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen, brought more goals and assists to their teams. The fans want that, the owners would like that but, ultimately, there's a business side to football as well.

Clement also conceded that the 27-year-old was subject to "strong interest" and could follow new Burnley midfielder Jack Cork out of the Liberty Stadium exit door providing a very good offer is received. That might end up being the case with Gylfi. "We don't know yet".

Swansea believe the £50m figure could be met with the inclusion of add-ons in any deal for the Iceland global, who scored nine goals and set up 13 more in last season's Premier League.


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