Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson has finally made his move away from the Wales to Merseyside club Everton on Wednesday.
The Iceland international had been speculated to move out of the Liberty Stadium for a quite long period over the ongoing summer and was wanted by many a clubs including 2016 Premier League Champions Leicester City FC (who had a £40m bid rejected).
After an initial price tag of £50m, Sigurdsson finally made the switch for £45m to The Toffees. The two clubs made the deal official after the Iceland midfielder passed his medical tests at Goodison Park early on Wednesday.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is said to be a long time admirer of the star midfielder and seemed very happy to have acquired the signature of the player.
“I’m really happy because the Board and especially our Chairman, Bill Kenwright, did everything to get him [Sigurdsson]. It took some time but finally we have signed the player,” Koeman told evertontv. “In my opinion, in his position he is one of the best in the Premier League. We have the player here and that’s really good for the team.”
The six times Icelandic Footballer of the year has been one of the main stars for Swansea over the last few seasons and has been directly involved in 53 goals, second only to Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, since the start of the 2014-15 season. In the last season, Sigurdsson’s involvement in 21 goals was largely responsible for Swansea to avoid the drop to the Championships.
In 121 appearances in the Premier League for the Swans, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored 34 times while providing 29 assists.
The dead ball specialist sounded enthusiastic on his arrival at the new club.
“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the Club,” Sigurdsson told evertontv. “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.
“For myself, I would like to score as many goals as possible and create as many goals for my team-mates as I can. These are my targets. But it is always the same thing: as long as the team is winning I will be more than happy.”
The 27-year old’s transfer is all set to be the highest ever in Everton’s history surpassing the previous record of Romelu Lukaku for £31.8m back in 2014.
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