Sigurdsson has his head turned as Swansea reject £40m bid

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson did play in Wednesday's pre-season loss against Barnet, and even captained the side in the second half, as he has done before in the Premier League.

Everton are believed to have had a £40m bid rejected for the Iceland worldwide as Swansea hold out for £50m, and the Welsh club's owners are holding firm in their valuation of the player.

However, the Iceland worldwide, 27, has withdrawn from Swansea's pre-season tour to the United States and headed back to Wales.

Manager Paul Clement added fuel to the fire yesterday by admitting that, while Swansea want to keep Sigurdsson, the offers being discussed may mean they have to sell the playmaker this summer.

"We have the ultimate respect for Gylfi as a person and a player and we are optimistic that he will reconsider his decision and join his team-mates", said the American businessmen.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: "I know there is a lot of speculation and clubs that are strongly interested in him, but there's nothing more than that at the moment".

Clement also conceded that the 27-year-old was subject to "strong interest" and could follow new Burnley midfielder Jack Cork out of the Liberty Stadium exit door providing a very good offer is received.

He is a valuable player to his club, sure, but his fee seems a bit much in the context of the transfer market. That might end up being the case with Gylfi.

Everton have courted Sigurdsson throughout the summer, and are now thought to be closing in on their ninth signing of the summer.

Instead of travelling to the US, Gylfi Sigurdsson will hold talks with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

Swansea, meanwhile, will head to America for a three-game tour against the Philadelphia Union, the Richmond Kickers and North Carolina without their midfield talisman.

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