Paul Clement was quoted last weekend as saying that closure of the Icelandic international's weeks-long transfer saga was "imminent" but, as yet, there has been no deal with Everton over a proposed transfer to Goodison Park.
Nor has there been any indication that Sigurdsson will commit himself to Swansea, the club he joined from Tottenham Hotspur three years ago. He was back in training today for an open training session at the Liberty Stadium.
The Toffees have been linked with the 28-year-old for the past year and have stepped up their interest in him this summer, with successive bids of around £30m and £40m reported to have been lodged and knocked back.
Swansea appear to be digging their heels in over a £50m fee for their star player, a price they may yet achieve, particularly in the absence of Sigurdsson submitting a transfer request or otherwise agitating for a move.
"I hope it's it done [either way] today!" Clement told BBC Sport today after confirming that the midfielder won't feature in the Welsh club's friendly against Sampdoria on Saturday because of the ongoing uncertainty over his future.
"I believe that talks are going on and hopefully we'll get a decision in the next couple of days.
"I think it will be best for all parties involved [if that is the case]."
In the wake of reports suggesting that U23s defender Callum Connolly could be offered to Swansea as a make-weight for Sigurdsson, Clement was asked if a player-plus-cash deal was a possibility.
"Assuming it's the right player coming back our way, someone we want, someone we've got belief in, someone who fills a need... those kinds of deals are always a potential," he replied.
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1 Posted 02/08/2017 at 16:32:15
2 Posted 02/08/2017 at 16:35:00
3 Posted 02/08/2017 at 16:40:27
But Neymar moving to PSG for £198 million is absurd. Barkley should not be sold for less than £30 million.
4 Posted 02/08/2017 at 16:53:58
5 Posted 02/08/2017 at 16:55:56
6 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:01:04
7 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:03:54
A striker and a centre-half is what we need and some pace in the attacking third. Stop wasting time, Everton get it done or bale out.
8 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:06:36
To put it into perspective, it is less than 10 years since Mansour bought Man City for £210m.
That's 1 Neymar plus an Oumar Niasse, please guv'nor...and keep the change.
And (sorry Michael) - off topic here - but anyone want a ticket for the Upper Bullens on Sunday?
9 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:07:20
10 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:33:06
11 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:35:54
We are nowhere near yet capable of challenging the top four and 6th, 7th or 8th looks like a more realistic target once again.
13 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:46:55
Just like the Sandro signing. Just like the Klaassen signing. Just like the Rooney signing. Just like...
14 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:48:38
It's a bit like when we sold Lescott and everyone knew that Man City were paying too much for him, and everyone also knew that it was the only way they were going to get him.
I think that, once a player wants to leave, then it's not worth keeping him; but it's only natural to try and drag it out to get the best deal. Maybe Swansea now realise that the best deal has already been offered... and now it's time to play ball?
15 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:48:44
The premier league is still missing out on serious money with the archaic regulation over Saturday 3:00 pm kick-off's being televised. This regulation is so out of date and step with the current game I am amazed it is still enforced.
Despite multiple streaming sites being available each match-day, where we can watch for free, albeit worrying about trojans/malware etc. The Premier League does not work with this system it chooses to ban or block access. Even though on some match-days there can be as few as 4 scheduled 3:00 pm games.
There was a post on here recently about Netflix or Amazon taking over the broadcast rights (I apologise to the poster for forgetting who you are). You would be able to buy on a game by game basis.
I would be more than happy to subscribe to that. My club gets revenue and I get a good stream that is safe and secure.
Can't see it happening any time soon though, so match day viewing will be dodgy streaming and watching the live forum celebrating a goal you get a minute later on your stream.
Anyway, as always, onwards and upwards COYB
16 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:49:53
If this is Liverpool pre-season and our poor game against Ruzomberok is anything to go by, how can Koeman be 'satisfied' with our performance? If we lose on Thursday, I believe our Euro's will be over before they even begin.
17 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:59:04
Going out tomorrow though against Ruzomberok and I'm taking a few days off. Doesn't bear thinking about.
Re Sigurdsson; if he does come, he's going to be way off the pace to start the season.
18 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:06:59
I agree with you about Koeman'sresponse to the Ruzomberok game. It wasn't a friendly, it was a proper competition, yet it seemed almost like we were playing in a friendly.
19 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:15:21
For this reason alone, I expect our own transformation to take a lot longer because, by the end of this window, I expect us to have a completely different team to the one that finished the last campaign.
If we are not prepared to be a bit patient, then going out tomorrow would be an absolute disaster because this squad needs as many games as possible if it's ever going to gel.
20 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:22:51
Having said that, they are a month ahead of us fitness-wise, and we are a week closer tomorrow. Finally, they will be under more pressure to come out and play, rather than sitting back and breaking out. It will all come together.
21 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:30:57
We have spent nothing so far. Lukakus sale has taken care of all the recent signings and it's a real shame that we don't seem to be able to open the company wallet. I suspect that Koeman will be getting as frustrated as us.
It also doesn't bode well for the striker we are all hoping for. I sense that we might be about to miss out on this one. It just doesn't seem to sit right with me and I suspect Everton might baulk at the inflated price.
22 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:37:24
Sure, the selling clubs ask for this so they can get players in without getting raped themselves.
23 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:39:50
Also, the dark side have an abundance of pace; we don't... so this needs to be addressed.
24 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:43:41
25 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:49:42
26 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:52:13
Yes, agreed... I am with you on that. :)
27 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:56:02
Now sure, that lot will have insane money and few clubs will ever leave these leagues. The rest (and sadly unless we develop fast in next 10 years, us) will just be training/feeder clubs to these super clubs.
I would think two kinds of fan will emerge. TV fans and those rich enough in the next generation to watch a super club.
The rest of us, if we actually like to watch football rather than glamour, will turn up and watch the feeder clubs.
So maybe not a bubble bursting but, reflecting world economics, ie, the money being in even less hands.
28 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:58:32
And about Koemans comments: it's true that our team did not impress in the Ruzomberok match, but still: they won and kept a clean sheet. Look at the other matches, very few was won with more than one goal. Teams are cautious in the first leg.
Freiburg, who was 7th in Bundesliga last season and theoretically similar to our level also managed a scrappy 1-0 vs Domzale from Slovenia. AC Milan won 1-0 in Romania. PSV Eindhoven LOST at home to a Croatian team.
Marseille won by two goals, but conceded two at home. So I'd say 1-0 was job okay done, two would have been good. But now Ruzomberok will have to attack and the match will open up.
29 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:14:56
The transfer window's reached a critical juncture. The business we've done so far has been tremendous, but the squad, as currently constituted, isn't poised to do much more than replicate a 7th place finish.
It's the next few moves (Sigurdsson, an established striker, another defender, ideally a winger with pace like Gray) that will determine if we can genuinely challenge for top six.
30 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:23:19
Pickford to start and Rooney also, having recovered from a minor groin strain.
31 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:35:17
32 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:39:13
This time last year, a lot of posts on TW were dreading the season, thinking we'd finish mid-table or lower.
33 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:51:22
Barkley is now apparently wanted by Chelsea according to the rags, no doubt to boost their English contingent. It would be intriguing to see how Conti handles him, if it's true.
34 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:17:46
Being an Atletico and Everton supporter, I am loving the way we are shutting the RS up.
35 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:22:46
Of course, anything can happen, but personally, I don't see the pecking order changing much, particularly in terms of the clubs below us. West Ham fans are talking a lot of trash about their transfer window, but IMO 7th is our absolute floor. So it's really a question of whether we can overtake the established top six. But we'll see!
36 Posted 02/08/2017 at 22:46:26
I am really surprised to hear back in the UK you are still not able to watch any Premier League game of your choosing live every week through a TV subscription such as Sky.
I have lived in Australia for 13 years and for quite a few years now I have been able to watch every game live through Foxtel (equivalent to Sky) and more recently Optus (a telco). I am happy to pay for these premium services to get good quality coverage.
37 Posted 02/08/2017 at 22:57:02
Do they not have the IPTV set top boxes that does the streaming for little more than a dollar a day? I have had mine for some years now and dropped the big cable companies completely. My biggest problem is the channel hopping because I am spoiled for choice.
38 Posted 02/08/2017 at 23:37:50
I suspect it is a restrictive broadcasting rights issue still in the UK rather than a technology issue.
39 Posted 02/08/2017 at 23:44:29
40 Posted 03/08/2017 at 01:02:15
Says – that of Sigurdsson's 13 assists, only 5 came from open play and eight were from set-pieces and Everton lacks a target man to take advantage of that skill set. Sigurdsson made 25 key passes in open play, Gueye and Barry each made the same while Barkley made 56.
The column makes a great argument for going after Chievo's Birsa or Montpelier's Boudabez because they are younger, cheaper, and more productive. Basically there are better players available for less money.
Not saying I agree with all this but very thought-provoking.
41 Posted 03/08/2017 at 05:24:31
42 Posted 03/08/2017 at 13:32:15
What a guy!
43 Posted 03/08/2017 at 14:33:25
44 Posted 03/08/2017 at 15:22:21
I'm sure he will do okay if he comes but will okay be enough for that price tag?
I also wonder who will get to take free-kicks as Rooney will fancy himself I imagine as a prominent set-piece taker
45 Posted 03/08/2017 at 15:30:25
47 Posted 03/08/2017 at 15:42:28
48 Posted 03/08/2017 at 16:57:39
49 Posted 05/08/2017 at 08:45:10
50 Posted 05/08/2017 at 11:26:41
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