The transfer market of 2017 has gone mad, with fees reaching unsustainable levels. That’s the general consensus but not one which holds truck at Goodison Park. Everton are returning to Swansea City with a £50m plus player deal for Icelandic midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27.
Ronald Koeman’s determination to sign the former Tottenham player is such that the Toffees are turning with a third bid, which is believed by Wales Online to be more than the Welsh club wanted. Central defender Callum Connolly, 19, will make the opposite journey if the two clubs agree on a free for Sigurdsson.
Everton’s veteran midfielder Gareth Barry, 35, was set to leave the club this summer but that is on hold while the Sigurdsson deal and future of Ross Barkley, 23, remain unresolved.
The latter has rejected a £120,000 per week deal from the Toffees but Tottenham, favourites to win the race for his signature, are unwilling to make the England youngster the highest paid player at their club. Manchester City and Arsenal are lurking in the background but Barkley is very much a back-up option for both clubs.
Sigurdsson, left out of the US tour and recent Swansea friendlies, is set to depart the Valleys for the second time in his career. You can never say never, but this could be the last time.