Swansea City are fighting off ‘bullying’ and remaining resilient over Gylfi Sigurdsson.
A £50m valuation has been placed, with Ronald Koeman’s side the strong favourites to meet it and secure the 27-year-old’s signature.
That is a huge sum of money, but after a tumultuous season where they narrowly avoided relegation, the Swans will be desperate not to lose their star player – and the board reciprocate that sentiment.
Owners Jason Levein and Steve Kaplan have responded:
As we have stated, we will not be bullied or forced into a decision until a club meets our valuation of the player, no matter whether they believe they have an agreement with the player.
In light of similar situations this summer – such as Liverpool’s dealing with Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal’s warning to Barcelona over Hector Bellerin – Swansea are adamant that they will not be pushed around.
Levein and Kaplan continued:
Any such agreement would obviously be in contravention of Premier League legislation.
In light of the speculation, the Icelandic playmaker surprised club officials by opting out of joining the South-Wales club’s pre-season tour of the US at the very last minute to have some time to consider his future. But with Paul Clement’s side returning on Sunday, his future is still very much unclear.
A resolution is needed immediately so both the Swansea and the Sigurdsson can restore normality and plan for the future. Either way, the club need to build around him or build without him and either one of those options takes time.
It would be difficult to argue that £50m is anything but a good deal for Swansea, but with nine goals and 12 assists last campaign in a struggling side the attacking midfielder’s contribution is of a priceless quantity and extremely difficult to replace.
Regardless, having a clearly unsettled player in the ranks when trying to take a team forward is unnecessarily disruptive, and something has got to give.