A bit of controversy at the weekend as headlines reported that Swansea City are demanding £40m for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Leading the chase for him are said to be Everton.

The Liverpool Echo saying that the Toffees had a bid turned down a year ago for the attacking midfielder and that Everton may have to go to £40m to get the player.

A lot of people jumping on this story as final proof of just how ridiculous the transfer market has now become.

The Liverpool Echo:

‘Everton may have to pay as much as £40m to land Gylfi Sigurdsson this summer.

Ronald Koeman’s targeting the Swansea City playmaker this summer after having an offer rejected last July.’

So is Gylfi Sigurdsson worth £40m?

Well, I would say yes AND no. I would say in general terms the Icelandic international isn’t worth that figure, even in today’s market, but for Swansea City I do think he is worth that.

Look at these past three seasons since the player returned to Wales after a failed two year spell at Tottenham, where he only got 26 Premier League starts over the course of the two seasons.

This is how Gylfi Sigurdsson has contributed in the Premier League at Swansea:

2016/17 – 9 goals 13 assists (37 starts 1 off bench)

2015/16 – 11 goals 3 assists (32 starts 4 off bench)

2014/15 – 7 goals 10 assists (32 starts 0 off bench)

So by my reckoning that is 27 goals and 26 assists, meaning he has scored or created 53 PL goals in 101 starts (plus five off the bench).

Those are pretty outstanding statistics and  when you consider the total of Premier League goals each of those seasons for Swansea 45 (2016/17), 42 (2015/16) and 46 (2014/15), it gets even more obvious why losing the attacking midfielder would be disastrous.

Swansea have scored 133 Premier League goals in three seasons and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored or assisted 53 of them.

The season just ended, Swansea looked doomed but Sigurdsson almost single-handedly saved them, involved in 22 (scored nine and assisted 13) of the Welsh club’s 45 league goals.

He is a midfielder who scores and creates goals from open play, scores and creates from set-pieces, and never stops running.

There is no way Swansea want to sell Sigurdsson at any price and the £40m is probably a figure just put out there to hopefully put clubs off, trying to ensure that the midfielder doesn’t get his head turned and starts wanting out.

It is the same with Everton really but they have had to accept they had to let Romelu Lukaku move on, he is by far their best player and goalscorer and no matter how close they get to the £9om Pogba world record, the problem comes with finding the right replacement AND convincing them to come to your club.

Swansea would have been relegated without Gylfi Sigurdsson this last season and if he goes this summer, it is very likely they would go down this time.

If Dwight Gayle scored 25 goals in the Premier League this coming season, exactly what figure would make it worthwhile for Newcastle to sell?

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  • Guest 2

    Not sure about 40 mil but in the current market he’s worth what he’s worth. Talent wise I’d take him in a heartbeat.

    • Clarko

      What does that even mean….

      • Guest 2

        It means what it means. His price, like everyone else’s will be inflated by the money that’s available. That aside, on talent alone, he should be on a lot of clubs radar. Not that difficult to understand really.

        • Clarko

          Because “not sure about 40 mil but in the current market he’s worth what he’s worth”, made perfect sense.

          • Guest 2

            Get a life man. Fact of the matter is he wouldn’t be valued at 40 million if the tv income wasn’t showering clubs with money. He is a great player though. Now go be pedantic elsewhere.

          • Clarko

            “not sure about 40 mil but in the current market he’s worth what he’s worth”

          • David Lopez

            Don’t normally comment on here. Thought it would be about football not who is using correct grammar haha sad mate

          • Clarko

            Says the person commenting to complain about another person correcting grammar. It seems by your own definition, that you’re one level below “sad”, “mate”.

          • Geordie-7676

            LOOOOUUUUUDDDDDD NOIIIIISES!

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    This is not happening. So don’t even start.

    • Clarko

      Why not?

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        because Newcastle isn’t going to buy him

        • Clarko

          *aren’t.

          Why wouldn’t Newcastle buy him?

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            it’s “isn’t” in American English Professor Clarko, but thanks for the lesson.

          • Clarko

            No, no it’s not.

            “because Newcastle isn’t going to buy” equals “because Newcastle is not going to buy him”, now that doesn’t make sense does it?

            Again, why would Newcastle not sign him?

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            what? Newcastle IS NOT going to buy Gylfi Sigurdsson. In American English if the noun doesn’t end in an s, (like a city name for example), we/they often use the singular “is” instead of the plural “are”. This is pretty common stuff (and on par with not using a “u” in “favour”) and a very strange place to be giving a lesson on international grammar. But is all, of course, beside the point that there is no chance that Newcastle pony/ponies up the 40 million to buy this player.

          • Clarko

            I wasn’t giving “a lesson”, I corrected you, which has seemingly offended you, can you give me a source providing evidence of this “American English” describing the use of “is” and “are” if it is so “common”.

            Using a “u” in “favour” is not “on par” with using “is” instead of “are”, they are different words.

            Why would Newcastle not pay £40m for Sigurdsson?

          • Albert Stubbins

            How Gabriele- This is a football based web site- p*** off back to the RGS and bore the ar** off someone else will you. You’ll be able to work out the words being you’re such a clever lad!!

          • Clarko

            If you look up the page you can see my contribution to the “football based” discussion. Is your comment not a little hypocritical, commenting just to complain about something that does not include football? I think it is.

          • Albert Stubbins

            conclusive proof- if ever it were needed- to confirm that the game is f*****!!

          • Clarko

            Absolute drivel.

          • Albert Stubbins

            more proof.

          • Clarko

            Of?

          • Albert Stubbins

            has the mrs run off with your sister or something mate? you’re coming across as a first class div arguing silly points with all and sundry. Have you been sacked off from “private eye” or what? This is a banter/football discussion site for Newcastle fans not prats who only walk straight cos they’ve got a broom stuck up their a***. Lighten up man.

          • Clarko

            Again, what have you added to any discussion? All you have done is complain, your level of “banter” is pathetic, that of a child. Have you read back what you have just typed?

            “has the mrs run off with your sister or something mate?”

            “Have you been sacked off from “private eye” or what?”

            ” Newcastle fans not prats who only walk straight cos they’ve got a broom stuck up their a***”

            That was really good “banter” mate (sarcasm). Grow up.

          • Albert Stubbins

            oh dear.

          • Clarko

            Again, another pointless comment, or is that more of your “banter” that I am not getting?

          • Cuh736

            SMH

          • Clarko

            I bet you are.

          • Geordiegiants

            He argued in another point we only need a net spend of 12m or so to be 8/9/10. The kid is a tool.

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            Why would Newcastle not pay 40m for Sigurdsson? Because it would well more than double their previous transfer record, because Mike Ashley is signing the checks/cheques and because he’s nowhere near worth that much. Is that reason enough (I’m sure it’s not for someone with a head of cement…)?

          • Clarko

            Do you not expect Newcastle to break their transfer record this season?

            The Mike Ashley point is unfair, Newcastle spent £54.74m in the 16/17 season, £92.02m in the 15/16 season and £38.27m in the 14/15 season. It has also been suggest that Newcastle have a £70m+ transfer budget this season, and are capable of spending that type of money.

            For Swansea, Sigurdsson has made 124 appearances, scored 34 goals and made 30 assists, he has made a goal contribution every 163 minutes for a bottom half Premier League team, Sigurdsson is a valuable asset, in this market it would not be absurd to see him sold at £40m.

          • Pelican

            “Is not” is perfectly acceptable. Newcastle can be described as both a singular or a collective. As a singular club, “is” fits just fine. As a collective “are” would be applicable.

          • Clarko

            That was well put, although I do not see how Newcastle can be described as a singular.

          • Geordiegiants

            He is the knew knacka of the page, he is never wrong. Read some of his posts.

          • Geordiegiants

            Honestly The kid is a “Im right, your wrong” merchant, impossible to communicate with. It’s best off ignoring it.

    • Cuh736

      Seems unlikely, but if it does happen it will be great. With his distribution and set piece mastery? Even Mitro may start getting more chances

  • Leazes Ender

    Meanwhile back at the chronicle headline proclaim ‘Why No signings is good news for the toon’,

    • Wor Monga

      …Why do you avidly read it then?…if you hate it so much…why not just give it a miss, and stop giving us the daily account of your love hate relationship with a f*cking on-line news rag, and it’s journos!!!

      • Scottpaige

        He’s a complete clown

  • Wor Monga

    £40m for a player that is desperate to leave a fast sinking ship, and hasn’t done much of anything since Spurs ditched him…thats never going to happen is it, and I don’t see any cashed up PL clubs lining up to put that amount over for him either…

    …despite those ‘stats’ you put so much faith in he’s at least 3 or 4 years away from the type of player that we need to anchor ourselves in the top flight…drop £15m or £20m off that asking price and he’d probably be worth it…or just wait til January they’ll probably be glad of a fair bit less…

    …spend properly on the CD’s, and covering the midfield with a good strong enforcer, and then free up Shelvey to range forward,and use his precision to create things…

    … that would give us anything that Siggurdson could give us!!!

    • Clarko

      For Swansea, Sigurdsson has made 124 appearances, scored 34 goals and made 30 assists, he has made a goal contribution every 163 minutes for a bottom half Premier League team, that is what he has done.

      The very article we are commenting on quotes interest from Everton via the Liverpool Echo, they seem to be “lining up” for him.

      What do you mean by “he’s at least 3 or 4 years away from the type of player we need”, do we not need a proven goalscoring, assisting central attacking midfielder?

      Although I agree we need “strong enforcer”, I strongly disagree that we need or that we want to “free up Shelvey to range forward”, Shelvey is a player that likes to drop deep and play from deep using his vision and passing ability, a “quarterback” role as it has been described.

      “That would give us anything that Sigurdsson could give us”, not goals.

      • Wor Monga

        …Likes to drop deep, and use his vision…that makes him too much of a luxury item, then…he’s got the skills to range forward, and use them to the best of his ability for the team… as a top quality attacking midfielder…the vision needed is the same, and he’s as useful with a deadball as the Swansea lad!!!

        • Clarko

          How does dropping deep and vision make Shelvey a luxury item? You cannot say that without providing reasoning.

          How and what “skills” does Shelvey possess that would make him useful, or more useful than Sigurdsson?

          I think you would and have already agreed that Shelvey’s speciality is his vision and his passing ability, specifically his long passing, the more forward he is the less effective he is. This is supported by the statistics, Shelvey has made 141 appearances in the Premier League, 64 of those in central midfield, scoring 6 and providing 12 assists, 42 of those in attacking midfield, scoring 4 and providing 3 assists. A goal contribution every 269 minutes in central midfield vs a goal contribution every 380 minutes in attacking midfield.

          Statistics from transfermarkt.

    • Steve Smith

      Having a threat in front of Shelvey will free up as much, if not more space for him.

      Getting siggurdson on the pitch for Diame or Gouffran would give Shelvey a lot more time on the ball.

    • Pelican

      “£40m for a player that is desperate to leave a fast sinking ship, and hasn’t done much of anything since Spurs ditched him”

      Aside from average a goal or assist every 2 games – playing in a poor side no less.

    • lukegte

      Sorry man, but I absolutely disagree! Stats are everything in football. He might not sell shirts like a Pogba but he is worth every penny of 40m on the pitch in today’s insane money terms, given the fee and achievements of the aforementioned “bigger” name. Sig a little higher up than Hayden and Shelvey would be a midfield to be proud of for me. Plus he is a great option at set pieces.

  • Albert Stubbins

    worth twice as much if you make recent transfer comparisons- Pogba cost a reported £90 million and in a much better team scored ten goals!! I think he will end up at a top 6 side- class player.

    • lukegte

      Absolutely agree. He is one of the best players to watch, very clever. And he acheives these stats playing for a team which has been a little out of sorts since he rejoined. He could do better even than Everton. I think his reputation suffers in part because of his unfashionable nationality. But I’d have him over Pogba any day.

      • Albert Stubbins

        yea I agree – top four player- he’s as near to Beardsley as Ive seen – he’s got the lot. what a player- touch, vision and an eye for goal. Imagine how good he’d be in a really good team? (not as good as king peter though,lol)

        • lukegte

          After I wrote my post, I swear I thought to myself he has a bit of Pedro about him. His game isn’t physical, he’s just clever and deadly in the right position. Pedro had Andy Cole, that’s how I remember him anyway. Sig has had a couple of big lads to aim at. Maybe he needs the right man up top too? In terms of meeting his high assist rate anyway.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Aye you’re not wrong there mate-imagine a lakaku in front of him? or a player with some pace and power? lukaku is overrated but is good to running onto the timed ball. Aye it gauling to think that under Freddy Shepherd I think we’d have gone all out for Sigurdsson I think- a player that he knew the fans would adore. I love gylfi- it would be amazing to see him at Newcastle but alas now we can only dream- Howay Fatty get the chequebook out!!

          • Geordiegiants

            Howay fatty get oot, you mean 😀

          • Albert Stubbins

            what and replace him with the chinese trying to make money at the same time- next year we’re all shouting howay mr woo get the cheque book oot? NO PROGRESS IN THAT IS THERE?

  • MadMag83

    Decent player and probably just what we need in the number ten role. However there are two things blocking any such transfer to Newcastle. No.1 is the fact Swansea are unlikely to sell their star man to a potential rival. No.2 is the fact Ashley would choke to death on his sausage roll if Penfold asked him for £40m.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Fantasy football & it always will be as long as there`s another cheap French guy waiting to come to Nufc

  • HarryHype59

    Sigurdsson is worth what someone is willing and able to pay for him. With all that extra EPL TV cash sloshing around, transfer fees are rocketing. 40m sounds absurd, but someone may be willing to meet that figure.

  • Chris

    You look at the stats, and he’s clearly worth 40 in todays market. If we splashed serious coin for this guy, in Rafas system, it would be amazing I think.

    Never going to happen, but was one of the best last year.

  • Thefootballerwhocouldfly

    Very good player. However Ashley will never part with that amounts of money. Sadly more of the same….bring em in cheap sell for profit!

    • Viru leckworth

      For goodness sake, change the record.

      • Geordiegiants

        He is only stating the truth.

    • Geordiegiants

      He supposedly values the club at £400m. He is never going to sign a player for 10% of the clubs value, then pay him another 10% in wages.

  • Steven05

    I wonder what Laurent Robert would be worth on his stats under Bobby Robson. Very under appreciated.

    • Jimblag23

      £7b

    • Geordiegiants

      He was a lazy tw’t, he made Ginola look like a grafter, but he could still turn it on when needed.

  • Steven05

    I also wonder what Gayle has to do to get the same affection as Mitro

    • Geordiegiants

      He is ten times the player!

  • Jimblag23

    How old Is Sig? That’s the factor that effects whether or not he’s £40m. If he’s 27 or older that’s a lot of money, any younger and it’s fine.

  • Desree

    Based on this math he should be worth 200m if you compare him to Sissoko?

  • Paul Busby

    If you dont want to let someone go, you slap a pricetag on there no-one is likely to pay. Standard practice in all kind of environments.

    How much would Gayle be worth if he scored 25 next season? £50mil or more in the current market, but again, why would you let him go? Slap a £80mil pricetag on him to scare people off