Everton have agreed a deal with Swansea City to sign midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee reported to be around £45m.
The Iceland international scored nine goals and contributed 13 assists last season to help the Swans beat the drop and will complete a medical at Everton on Wednesday.
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Player Profile via Tom Ferguson
It is clear what Ronald Koeman wants…
More goals and creativity from all over the pitch.
Gylfi Sigurdsson fits the bill.
With 49 caps for his native Iceland, he has picked up a respectable 15 goals.
In what was a truly abysmal Swansea City side, Sigurdsson managed to grab himself nine goals and a very impressive 13 assists.
A key factor why the Swans retained their top division status.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in 51.1% of Swansea's 43 Premier League goals this season:
13 assists ?️
9 goals ⚽
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 18, 2017
At 27, Sigurdsson is coming to his peak. He stands at 6ft1 and is as capable with his left foot as he is with his right.
His ability to be deployed in more than one position is a massive plus.
With Ross Barkley’s future up in the air, he would be the perfect replacement.
A Steven Pienaar shaped gap has plagued Everton since the demise of the South African. Sigurdsson is a man who can make the left hand side his own.
After putting aside a troublesome experience at Spurs, he has thrived off becoming the main man in a side. A team built around the former Reading ace is vital to getting the best out of him.
Lacking leaders has troubled the Blues’ ranks for a number of years.
Sigurdsson was handed the captain’s armband and led by example on more than one occasion en route to saving Paul Clement’s outfit from the drop.
An issue with Everton has been the lack of danger and productivity from set pieces.
Since the questionable decision to remove Leighton Baines from dead ball duties there’s been no true excitement from the Goodison faithful when getting that free kick on the edge of the 18-yard-box or a corner.
Gylfi is the man to change that. A serious threat to anyone’s goal when given the chance to whip it in or line up a shot at goal.
No player has scored more free-kicks (6) in the Premier League since 2012/13 than Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Pinpoint precision. ? pic.twitter.com/OWIoIOYcVS
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 30, 2017
Up the Toffees.