A £40million bid from Everton for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been rejected, according to reports.
PA Sport claim the Swans have turned down the offer and are believed to be holding out for a deal closer to £50million for the Iceland midielder.
The club have also confirmed the 27-year-old will not travel with the first-team squad for their pre-season tour of the USA, prompting suggestions that Sigurdsson has had his head turned.
Swansea explained: “Having played v Barnet last night, Gylfi did not feel in the right frame of mind to travel due to the current uncertainty over his future.”
Sigurdsson will not board Swansea’s flight to the United States later today and will instead head for talks with chairman Huw Jenkins.
Everton and Ronald Koeman meanwhile are confident of luring the player to Goodison and despite the arrivals of Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney, Koeman is still eager to get the Swansea man on board.
The Telegraph claims Sigurdsson has said “his goodbyes to the Swansea squad this morning” and the former Tottenham man seems almost certain to secure a move to Everton in the next few weeks.
We can confirm that Gylfi Sigurdsson will not travel with the squad for our pre-season tour of the USA. pic.twitter.com/8qgAQewUG3
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) July 13, 2017
Swans boss Paul Clement has admitted Sigurdsson’s future is unclear, but denied the player’s head had been turned by Everton.
“There is no change in the situation. There is speculation, there are a couple of clubs strongly interested in him, but it’s nothing more than that at the moment,” said Clement.
“And Gylfi has not come to me and said he wants to leave. He’s professional like he’s always been with me and, from what I’m seeing from him, he’s not someone who is getting distracted or frustrated by things and I hope that continues.
“You can’t say how people behave in the future, I just know the character I have worked with last season and he has come back, got his head down, working hard and I hope it continues and with us.
“He’s a player, at the moment, that we’re not sure is going to be here at the start of the season – but only if a club comes up with the right valuation for him”
Sigurdsson captained Swansea in the second half of their 1-0 friendly defeat at Barnet on Wednesday night.