Reports indicate that Swansea City have questioned the possibility that Everton have tapped Gyifi Sigurdsson and given warning that they will not be cajoled into dropping their £50m asking price that has been slapped on the Iceland international.
Sigurdsson surprised Swansea officials and coaching crew on Thursday when he abandoned the club’s pre-season tour of the United States before they flew to Philadelphia.
According to reports, Everton have had a £40m bid for Sigurdsson knocked back by Swansea this week. The player is currently valued at £50m, and in a statement issued by the club owners on Friday, they insisted that they would not alter their asking price for the player despite his stance.
Swansea also made a call to their star player to reconsider his decision not to join in the US tour, as well as a suggestion that Everton may have fallen short of the rules of the Premier League with an illegal approach for Sigurdsson, in comparison to the case between Liverpool and Southampton over Virgil Van Dijk
The statement read: “We are disappointed Gylfi has taken the decision not to join his team-mates in America where they are working with the coaching staff to prepare for the upcoming season. At this time we have not received an offer from any club which represents a fair valuation of Gylfi given his importance to our club.
“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. Any such agreement would obviously be in contravention of Premier League legislation. 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.”