Gylfi Sigurdsson is the latest Everton player to be linked with a move away from the football club this summer.
According to Ekrem Konur of Calcio In Pillole, Saudi Arabian team Al-Hilal are ready to make an offer of €10 million for the Iceland international.
💰Al-Hilal Riyad will make a € 10m offer to Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
— Ekrem KONUR (@Ekremkonur) June 25, 2021
Sigurdsson only has one year remaining on his current Everton deal, which he signed when moving from Swansea City to the Toffees in 2017 in a transfer worth a potential £45 million.
In his time at Goodison Park, the midfielder has struggled to live up to the price Everton paid for him, although Sigurdsson has established himself as a trusted figure for a number of different managers.
His standout campaign for the Merseyside outfit came in 2018-19 under Marco Silva, netting 13 goals and registering six assists in the Premier League. In the previous term he was productive too, slotting six times and setting up team-mates on five occasions in the same competition.
However, there’s a sense that Sigurdsson doesn’t contribute enough in general play to be part of a truly efficient team. While he is potent from set-pieces, he’s not a naturally creative player, nor does he have the defensive qualities to play deeper in midfield.
Former Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was clearly a fan of Sigurdsson and if he was still in charge at Goodison Park, then it would have been a surprise to see the Icelandic international move on.
Any new manager coming in may also admire the qualities of Sigurdsson, although the club may see this as an opportunity to recoup some funds for a player that’s a little past his best and coming towards the end of his contract at the club.
While Sigurdsson has had some big moments in royal blue and scored some important goals in his four years at the club, at this stage if he was to move on then it feels like his departure wouldn’t be lamented for too long.