Everton eye 'bargain' £42m Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer as Swansea try to engineer 3 way bidding war

Everton are moving in on Gylfi Sigurdsson, despite Swansea’s attempts to ramp up the fee by sparking an auction between three interested clubs.
The Swans have rejected a record £40million offer from Goodison Park, which matched a failed Leicester bid for the midfielder.
Sigurdsson’s previous club, Tottenham, are also monitoring developments, and Swansea hope the rival interest will drive the deal up to their £50m asking price.
Everton feel they may only have to go as high as £42m for the Iceland international, and it is understood Sigurdsson — who was pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour in the USA at the last minute on Wednesday night — is keen to play for their manager, Ronald Koeman.

The 27-year-old is one of the few remaining names on Koeman’s hit-list after a massive signing spree, and the Dutchman is quietly confident he will join before the Blues head to his homeland next week to play a friendly against FC Twente.
Swansea admit Sigurdsson, who scored 10 goals and had 13 assists last season in a side fighting relegation under three different managers, is probably leaving despite their attempts to play hardball over his fee and head coach Paul Clement admits money talks.
“I’ve made it very clear I want him to stay here,” said Clement on Wednesday night. “The fans want that, the owners would like that but, ultimately, there’s a business side to football as well.
“We had that situation with Jack Cork. In the summer there was no thought of moving Jack on, but it got to a point when another club [Burnley] came in with a really good offer.
“That might end up being the case with Gylfi. We don’t know yet.”
Sigurdsson pulled out of Swansea’s three-match US tour, claiming his mind was not right because of the uncertainty over his future.
It is understood he delivered the bombshell to club officials just before they were due to catch their flight to America, and he has remained in the UK for talks over his future.
The Swans said in a statement: “Gylfi did not feel in the right frame of mind to travel due to the uncertainty over his future.”

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