Leicester City joined Everton in tracking Swansea City’s Gylffi Sigurdsson, 27. The Welsh club has taken advantage of a potential auction by quoting both clubs £50m, according to reports in The Guardian.
The Icelandic international is set to leave with the arrival of Roque Mesa, 28, from Las Palmas seen as a straight replacement. While the Swans would prefer to hang onto a key member of the squad which successfully fought against relegation from the Premier League last season.
Everton are set to take their spending over £100m this summer with Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, 30, for around £20m. However, the club would easily surpass that with Sigurdsson but Leicester’s interest confuses the matter.
Craig Shakespeare, recently appointed to the role of manager on a permanent basis, is determined to improve on the club’s poor Premier League form last season. It cost Claudio Ranieri his job, a fate that the former Walsall and Middlesbrough midfielder is keen to avoid.
The club is fighting to hold onto Riyad Mahrez, 26, but Arsenal are reluctant to pay the £40m being demanded by the Foxes. If they can bring Sigurdsson to the King Power, Leicester will have a formidable creative force.
However, Everton remain favourites to land the Swansea midfielder with the draw of Europa League football beyond the 2016 Premier League champions.