Ronald Koeman appears to be increasingly confident of adding Gylfi Sigurdsson to his Everton squad, after spending much of the summer on his trail.
The Dutchman has been one of the busiest coaches in the Premier League since the end of last season, as he looks to transform the Toffees into genuine top-four candidates. Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney and Cuco Martina have all arrived so far.
And there could be as many as three more faces before the window slams shut in under a month’s time, with Sigurdsson the man Koeman really wants to land. So far he has had little luck in persuading Swansea City to play ball, with the Liberty Stadium club rejecting at least one bid for his signature.
It had been reported that the Merseyside club had tabled a package worth up to £45million for the midfielder, whilst the Swans wanted £50million. And although the latter maintain that there is nothing to report on the issue, it appears as though the Goodison Park boss is growing increasingly confident.
“We are looking for three more – a left centre-back, a left full-back, a player who can play as a winger and a striker and that’s the picture, what the best is for our team and we will see what we can do,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “We are close [on Sigurdsson], we have to wait. But still, the deal is not done.”
Everton have spent a shade under £96million so far this summer, so signing the 27-year-old Icelander would increase this amount significantly. And it would be a huge blow for Swansea to lose their talisman, who was very much their inspiration in avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season.