Paul Clement: Swansea Are In Critical Talks With Two Clubs For Gylfi Sigurðsson

Paul Clement: Swansea Are In Critical Talks With Two Clubs For Gylfi Sigurðsson
Aug 10, 2017

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Swansea City manager Paul Clement says negotiations with Everton over Gylfi Sigurðsson are at a “critical stage”. However, the Swans boss is adamant that the talks will be resolved before the start of the new season.

Everton have yet to match Swansea’s £50 million asking price with reports of a £40 million bid turned down as it did not meet the valuation for the 27-year-old Iceland international. The club are already prepared for the midfielder’s departure as Clement confirmed Sigurðsson would not be included in their opening game of the Premier League season against Southampton on Saturday.

“We’re at a critical stage and hope it’s going to be resolved as soon as possible,” said Clement. “They [the club’s owners] understand the pros and cons of doing it earlier rather than later. I know for sure they have the best interest of the club in mind.”

“Clearly with each day goes by you get a little bit more frustrated because you don’t know if you’re going to have the player or if not, will you be able to get in the targets you want.”

Clement added that a second club is also interested in signing the player who has three years remaining on his Swansea contract. This comes after Swansea rejected a bid from Leicester City a few weeks ago.

“There is another club and there have been other clubs as well and that’s normal,” said Clement. “The situation is our club have a valuation and another club have a valuation and the two clubs have not met.“But the objective and aim is that at some point they will meet.”

“The way it’s going, more than likely there has to be a compromise on both sides. Normally when deals are done, it’s a win-win situation for both sides.”

Clement backed the club’s American owners who are holding out for £50 million as it is crucial in their search for suitable replacements, saying:“It also makes a point for the future as well. We don’t want to sell our best players and if we are going to sell them, we have to maximise our revenue for them so we can build for the future.”

Nevertheless, the 45-year-old says the club have shortlisted a few potential targets to replace Sigurðsson and insists his squad are ready for the season ahead.

Swansea kick-off their Premier League campaign away at St. Mary’s Stadium as they face Southampton. Spanish striker Fernando Llorente will miss the season-opener after breaking an arm on holiday and winger Nathan Dyer (achilles) and midfielder Ki Sung Yeung (knee) are also sidelined.

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