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Ronald Koeman frustrated at continued failure to sign Sigurdsson


Ronald Koeman frustrated at continued failure to sign Sigurdsson

Swansea City are waiting to see whether Everton make one final attempt to land Gylfi Sigurdsson amid claims the Goodison club backed down from an agreed fee for the Liberty star.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is said to have been left “increasingly frustrated” by Everton's failure so far to pay-up for Swans star Sigurdsson.

And it is claimed the Dutchman is now fearing he will miss out on his main summer target and that the proposed switch – which has dominated Swansea's pre-season – could yet be close collapse.

It has been reported – and is believed to be accurate – that both clubs had at one stage reached a tentative agreement about a deal for Sigurdsson.

Swansea had already batted away offers of packages worth £40m as they stood firm on the £50m valuation placed on the Iceland ace's head, coming amid warnings to the Merseyside club that the Swans would not be bullied into a sale on the cheap.

But they did enter negotiations with Everton to broker a deal after Sigurdsson indicated he was ready to go – with the Daily Telegraph reporting that a verbal agreement of a £45m straight cash deal was made.

Swansea were prepared to sign off the deal having held firm over the price for Sigurdsson, a player who at one stage was being talked about as a £25m target of the Toffees.

The record transfer would have seen Swansea ready to press ahead with deals for new signings thought to be lined up ahead of Sigurdsson's potential exit.

But it is being claimed that Everton then attempted to re-negotiate the terms – leaving Koeman now fearing that his chances of landing Sigurdsson could be over, despite the Telegraph reporting that there is a discrepancy of less than £5m.

It is thought Swansea were left frustrated by the sudden change of terms having looked to have resolved a situation that has had its impact on preparations for the new campaign.

It remains to be seen – as Koeman is said to fear – whether Swansea decide to move on and put a line underneath the idea of the 27-year-old No.10 leaving this window.

But it is thought Swansea expect Everton to return to the table before the weekend given the importance Koeman has placed on signing Swansea's player of the year.

Paul Clement is known to be keen for the situation to be resolved and had been planning for life without Sigurdsson, on the assumption a deal was in the offing after the player's refusal to go on pre-season tour to the States with the squad. Clement has said publicly he would be keen to keep Sigurdsson, but is believed to have eyed up potential replacements.

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