Britton Concedes Sigurdsson Likely 'To Go'
It's been going on or weeks now, and whilst Swansea City and the Toffees are in contact about a possible deal, the Swans have yet to be satisfied with the deal put on offer by Everton, as they still want to hold out for their £50m valuation.
It's coming to a point now where something needs to be resolved either way. There's a month left of the Summer transfer window and that's not long at all for the Swans to spend big money on replacing such an influential and vital player such as Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Not to mention the lack of time that new player would have to get up to speed with the rest of the players. Sigurdsson, too is behind on fitness having missed all of our Summer friendlies and the entire U.S Tour.Leon Britton said:
"His stats last year in terms of assists and goals, you'd think he be playing for one of the club in the top half of the table,"
"He's a big influence in the top end of the pitch for us, but unfortunately the club we're at, Swansea, when the bigger teams come calling it is hard to keep him.
"The club have stood firm. By all accounts they've said they want £50million.
"I don't know if it's going to get done. I think Everton have maybe offered £40-45million so I think there'll be some movement now and Gylfi will go."
Rumours emerged today that Sigurdsson had actually signed a new contract with us, but they just sounded utterly ridiculous from the start, as the player is apparently keen to get the move done.
After the 2-0 friendly win at Birmingham City on Saturday, Clement said that Sigurdsson's future need to be resolved in the near future.
Hopefully that'll happen, as it's clear we're all getting frustrated as the saga drags on and on. £50m or even £45m would definitely get us a replacement for the Icelandic attacking midfielder, but we could also afford to bring in another 1 or 2 players in key areas that need strengthening.
One of the reasons why it's becoming more and more frustration is because it's delaying our ability to sign more players in the transfer window. Our current net spend is exactly £0 this Summer, and it's obvious that we need to first sell players to raise funds and bring more in.
Leon Britton added that the club must re-invest the money and replace Sigurdsson:
"If he does go, it's vitally important that we replace him with the same quality, as much as we can," added Britton.
"It's maybe dragged on a lot longer than people expected and with Gylfi not travelling to America and to the friendly against Birmingham away - when things like that happen you do think that the transfer will happen.
"You never know, things can change overnight so you live in hope that he will stay. But Everton have bid a lot of money before and you'd think they're not too far away from it."
With our current squad as it is, pretty much without Sigurdsson now it seems, we wanted to know where in the League we'll finish next season. Recent polls suggest that the majority of fans think we need 2-3 signings or more, so what is our current squad capable of in 2017/18? Can we improve on last season's 15th place position? Are you confident that we'll replace Gylfi Sigurdsson? Let us know what you think via the comments below...