Tottenham Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ross Barkley

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2017

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City in action during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on May 13, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly weighing up re-signing Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City for £25 million if Everton hold firm on their £50 million price tag for Ross Barkley.

According to Richard Parry and Tom Collomosse of the Evening Standard, Barkley has just one year remaining on his deal at Goodison Park and could well be on his way this summer.

Indeed, per the Telegraph's Chris Bascombe, Everton boss Ronald Koeman believes his departure to be a realistic possibility:

However, while he is "a firm favourite among the Tottenham hierarchy," such a valuation will prompt them to look at other targets if Everton aren't willing to budge.

Per Parry and Collomosse, Sigurdsson is among several options Spurs will consider in Barkley's stead and could cost half as much.

The Iceland international spent two seasons with Spurs and made 83 appearances, but he struggled to establish himself in the starting lineup and returned to Swansea in 2014—a move Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino would have preferred not to take place.

Sigurdsson has enjoyed another excellent campaign with the Swans and was voted by his peers as their Player of the Year:

He's an incredible playmaker with an eye for goal, too—particularly from set pieces—and he also puts in an enormous amount of work. Earlier in May, TalkSport reported he had covered more ground than any other player this season having run 255 miles, just ahead of Spurs' own Christian Eriksen.

Here's a look at his numbers this season compared with Barkley's, courtesy of Squawka:

Sigurdsson vs. Barkley 2016-17 Premier League Stats
37 Apps34 Apps
3,237 Mins Played2,746 Mins Played
9 Goals5 Goals
13 Assists8 Assists
70 Chances Created80 Chances Created
29 Take-Ons63 Take-Ons
29 Tackles26 Tackles
5 Aerial Duels37 Aerial Duels
34 Interceptions13 Interceptions
78% Pass Completion83% Pass Completion

The Everton midfielder has at times struggled for form and consistency this season but overall had a good campaign and most notably showcased some outstanding creativity in the final third.

Both he and Sigurdsson would make strong acquisitions, but neither would be able to command a starting berth in this Spurs side ahead of Dele Alli or Eriksen.

Bleacher Report UK's Sam Tighe expressed his doubts about the latter:

Sigurdsson would still perhaps be the better choice of the twoparticularly at the reported transfer fees—and further strength in depth would only enhance Spurs' credentials, but he may not accept a role as a squad player again.

As for Barkley, Spurs are right not to pursue him if Everton demand £50 million—such a fee is far too high to pay for a player who doesn't even improve their starting XI, let alone one who has only one year remaining on his current contract.


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