Swans slap $89m fee on Sigurdsson

LONDON • Swansea City have put a £50 million (S$89.2 million) price tag on Gylfi Sigurdsson, as the Iceland playmaker continues to be linked with Premier League rivals Everton and Leicester.

Swansea remain determined to keep hold of Sigurdsson, who was named the English football club's player of the year for the second successive campaign last season.

The 27-year-old scored nine league goals and made 13 assists for a team that spent the entire season battling against relegation.

It was understood Swansea wanted at least £40 million for Sigurdsson, but that figure has now been revised with transfer fees spiralling this summer.

The midfielder has three years left on his contract having signed a new deal last August. He has scored 30 goals in 112 games since Swansea signed him from Tottenham for £6.8 million in July 2014.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins revealed in February that Sigurdsson was the subject of "substantial offers" during the last transfer window, with interest understood to have come from both home and abroad.

Sigurdsson said at the club's end-of-season awards in May that he was happy at Swansea and would only leave the Liberty Stadium if the club wanted to sell him.


Gylfi Sigurdsson is wanted by Everton, who have been splashing the cash this summer, and 2016 champions Leicester. His club Swansea will not let their prized asset go on the cheap however, with the Iceland midfielder key to the Welsh side's Premier League survival last season. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Everton have spent big in the summer transfer window so far with Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Henry Onyekuru, Nathangelo Markelo and Sandro Ramirez joining their former player Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park.

The Toffees' coffers are also set to be swelled by the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for an initial £75 million.

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    Premier League goals Gylfi Sigurdsson was involved in last season, scoring nine times and making 13 assists.

Leicester have also been strongly linked with Sigurdsson, particularly as Riyad Mahrez's future has been in doubt after the Algeria international expressed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium.

Swansea midfielder Jack Cork, meanwhile, is in talks to join Burnley, a club where he had two previous loan spells.

The 28-year-old has played 80 league games for Swansea since joining from Southampton in a £3 million deal in January 2015.

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