Everton have agreed on a deal worth up to £45m for Swansea’s Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
It is understood Sigurdsson will undergo a medical on Wednesday to complete his long drawn out transfer to Goodison Park.
The saga has dragged on for most of the summer with The Swans initially valuing the 27-year-old at £50million. However, The Toffees now look set to have finally landed their number one target at a price only slightly lower than what Swansea had asked.
The Icelander pulled out of Swansea’s pre-season tour to the United States after Everton had expressed interest, however, he rejoined the first-team training upon the Welsh base side’s return from the States, but did not feature in their stalemate Premier League opener at Southampton on Saturday.
Swansea had already rejected two Everton bids for Sigurdsson before accepting this bid and their manager Paul Clement was reportedly keen to close the deal to allow him adequate time to find replacements before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
Sigurdsson’s importance to Swansea was underlined by the fact that he scored nine league goals and had 13 assists as the club narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season. Only two other players, Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, brought more goals and assists to their teams.