Swansea City have reportedly agreed to sell Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton for £25 million, though the Toffees are yet to agree personal terms with the midfielder as he wants a pay increase of £40,000 per week.
According to the Mirror‘s Adrian Kajumba, the Iceland international wants his £80,000 wages to rise to around £120,000.
Everton reportedly want to wrap up the deal early in order to beat the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton to his signature.
The Toffees may well have a hole to fill in their team this summer if Ross Barkley leaves, as the midfielder is entering the final year of his contract at Goodison Park and could soon be on his way.
Sigurdsson would be the ideal candidate to plug that gap. The midfielder may have failed to establish himself in the starting lineup at Spurs, but he’s a cut above the other players at Swansea, and Everton are perhaps at the perfect level for him to thrive.
He had an excellent season with the Swans and played a key role in keeping them in the Premier League.
Sigurdsson scored 9 goals, recorded 13 Assists and created 72 goal chances through the season. His defensive ability is also not below par,as the Iceland international won 29 successful tackles, 39 interceptions and has a 78% pass completion rate.
Sigurdsson is also a threat from set pieces as the Iceland captain has scored more direct free kick goals than any other player in the Premier League since the start of the 2014/2015 season.
With Sigurdsson lining up alongside Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin, Everton would have a midfield brimming with industry and creativity, and the likes of Romelu Lukaku would benefit greatly from his impeccable delivery.
Everton are in something of a league of their own at the moment, not quite good enough to challenge the Premier League’s top six having ended up eight points behind Manchester United, but significantly better than the rest of the division having finished 15 points ahead of nearest rival Southampton.
On his own, Sigurdsson may not be enough to help them bridge that gap with those above, but he would improve their team and be a strong step in the right direction.