Everton have finally broken their club-record transfer fee to sign Swansea’s creative midfielder Glyfi Sigurdsson, who has continued to excel over the past few Premier League seasons.
Sigurdsson, who turns 28 next month, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract in Merseyside and becomes the Toffees’ eighth summer arrival.
He was quoted as saying the following when questioned by the club’s official website upon arrival:
“Hopefully I will continue to create goals, score for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club. This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”
Sigurdsson also admitted that the prospect of working with Ronald Koeman played a significant part in his decision-making process ahead of the move.
“He was a great player, one of the top players of his time. Now he is a really good manager and his vision for Everton is clear. He has built up a really good squad here, with strong players, both young and experienced.
“This was a key factor for me. Ultimately, that is a dream of mine and everyone at this club. I know the supporters and players would agree with that.”
Sigurdsson won the accolade for Swansea’s Player of the Year in successive seasons and has impressed many with consistent performances following his return to south Wales in 2014. Having signed for Tottenham two years prior, it’s fair to say that it was an unsuccessful spell as he wasn’t granted enough opportunities to assert his credentials as a regular under both Andre Villas Boas and Tim Sherwood.
Everton were linked with a £25m move this time last summer but Sigurdsson signed a new and improved deal with the Swans, enjoying one final season at the Liberty Stadium before declaring he was not mentally focused and didn’t travel on their pre-season tour earlier this summer.
Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez are just a handful of the Toffees’ new summer recruits. Sigurdsson’s arrival increases their spending to over £130m and they’ll also be hoping they can bolster their attacking options with one more before the window shuts in two weeks.
Koeman has already suggested he could make his debut in Monday evening’s away trip to Manchester against Pep Guardiola’s City side.
“Maybe [he will feature] for Monday, I do not know. I need to talk to him and know what his physical state is. Let’s wait to see how the fitness is.”