The Athletic report that DC United have sounded out Gylfi Sigurdsson about eventually making a move to Major League Soccer.
While his £100,000 weekly salary may prove something of a stumbling block, the Washington club have nonetheless held talks with the Icelander about joining them, most likely once he has seen out the final two years of his contract at Everton.
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1 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:50:03
Could be some truth to it.
2 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:52:12
3 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:52:26
4 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:55:49
Never our worst signing, just a pity Walsh didn't negotiate a proper price and wage.
5 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:02:58
I was hoping one of the mid / lower Premier League clubs would offer £15M for him and we give him an agreed pay off to go. It's looking unlikely, and also unlikely he would agree to it. But you never know, if he wants to play football he will have to move on.
With these new boys coming in, we will be looking to balance the books somehow to stay in the FFP ballpark.
6 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:03:14
7 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:12:33
8 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:19:09
'He seems like a decent chap'. (Richard 4#) I wouldn't give a monkey's frankly, if he was a right nasty piece of work, provided he could do his job.
Not knowing him personally, I am about to find out just how decent a chap he and our other big money nonentities namely, Messrs Besic, Bolasie, Sandro, Pickford et al are, when it comes to accepting with good grace the fact that their days are numbered at Goodison, happy to relieve our wage bill and depart EFC for pastures new ASAP.
9 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:22:08
I still believe Koeman wanted him, at any cost, as well as Klaassen, Rooney was Bill's idea in my opinion.
Three No 10s, and no striker, I thought Walsh was the scapegoat for them deals.
10 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:12:18
11 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:26:12
Siggy has the technique and brain to put those defence splitting through passes in. And his set-piece delivery is still good.
12 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:31:11
13 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:40:59
I've always felt he was a smarter footballer than the rest of the team, but never had a proper striker to make the runs. Always in the top few for miles per game.
Often stuck on the left-wing, or a deep-lying midfielder, he is clearly his best behind the striker but rarely played there due to either formation or one of the other three No 10s we had in the dreaded Koeman - Walsh era. We overpaid for a man the manager wanted, and then wasted his talent – it's criminal.
I still think he has got something to offer us, but with James and Allan reportedly on their way, and Gordon on the up, a move would be best for him and us.
14 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:54:10
Harsh, very harsh.
15 Posted 02/09/2020 at 01:29:24
16 Posted 02/09/2020 at 02:04:59
He is good only in a small team (like Swansea or Iceland) where he has a free role with no defensive obligations. He did the trick by feeding Llorente at Swansea, which was about the only way they could score. When your team does not have a tall centre-forward who scores, you are in trouble.
That said: Some of his free-kicks and other goal-bound kicks were more than good and he did score 13 goals in 2018-19 so it is not easy but he has to go.
17 Posted 02/09/2020 at 03:02:06
You'd only get wet, feller.
18 Posted 02/09/2020 at 03:04:06
19 Posted 02/09/2020 at 05:48:10
Now, if there were to be an offer to take him off our hands now, that would be interesting. I don't dislike Siggy as a footballer or as a person, but he was the wrong player at the wrong time at the wrong price.
So, how do you make a problem like Sigurdsson go away?
Next week, he turns 31. His book value (transfer price minus amortisation over 3 years) is £17.8 million plus 2 more years of contract @ £5.2 million per year. So, we have a liability of £28.2 million on our books.
I really believe that he could do a job for a team in the Premier League that takes advantage of his strengths – for example, Crystal Palace or newly promoted Fulham. He could be the person who nets in 5-6 goals plus a similar number of assists, which could be the difference between staying up or going down.
So, say he were to be signed for, £10 million, at wages of £75k per week on a 3-year contract by one of these clubs. For Sigurdsson, it is a longer contract and slightly higher wages (£11.25 million over 3 years instead of £10.2 million over 2 years). For the buying club, it is more affordable yearly costs (£3.3 million per year in amortisation plus £3.75 million in wages = about £7 million per year.
At Everton, he costs us £14.1 million per year!). For Everton, it would be a write-off of £7.8 million from the books (£17.8 million book value minus £10 million sale price). This loss of £7.8 million would be offset by the reduction of £28.2 million in P&L over 2 years. Now, we may not get £10 million, we may get only £5 million in transfer fee, but then that is still a liability off of EFC's books.
I don't envy Brands, but hopefully he and Sigurdsson's agent can find a solution now, this month. Hopefully, Moshiri learns a valuable (but expensive) lesson from the Sigurdsson episode.
20 Posted 02/09/2020 at 06:43:36
21 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:01:58
As for him being played in his correct position, Im afraid that makes absolutely no difference once your legs has have gone.
22 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:42:31
Let's look at Bernard, Iwobi, Bolasie, Besic, Walcott, Tosun etc. All of whom have contributed even less than Sigurdsson to get a balanced view of wage liability at the club before pointing the finger.
All this in a week where we are signing 2 more near 30-year-old players on similar exorbitant long contracts with no guarantees of success. This is the nature of modern football, it's a wonder how some people can sleep at night worrying about the injustice of it all.
Time to chill out – it's not our money after all.
23 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:44:08
24 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:47:21
This is the Rumour Mill, there is no certainty to any of it, try not to forget that basic fact. The risk of him being here for all of the next two years (as the wording of the story implies) must be weighed against the possibility that DC United (or another club) will offer him an earlier way out that will benefit us.
It is that straw of hope which some of us are valiantly grasping.
25 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:29:06
Col, I hope whichever drawer he manages to find the missing form in, he finds a younger pair of legs as well!
26 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:36:20
Used in the right and his most effective way, as a 10 behind the target man in a defensive minded 4-2-3-1 Sigurdsson's goals could mean the difference between going up and staying down. The financial implications of that will probably make one or two teams consider him. I think he still has something to offer for 2-3 years if played to his strengths at no.10.
Whether he is up for that sort of challenge is another thing altogether. He will likely want to ride his contract out at Goodison, be an injury back up and super-sub. Then go to the MLS as a free agent on another lucrative wage deal.
27 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:36:57
You talk about the players that contributed less than Sigurdsson, is it even worth the embarrassment?
Bolasie and Besic, we're trying to get off the books, paying their salaries.
I'd put Iwobi on a par with Sigurdsson, both of them contributed the same this season – absolutely nothing... ran around, tackling thin air, not wanting the ball.
As for Walcott, who's past his best, at least when he did play, in patches, he looked up, drove forward and set up chances.
I can't believe how poor Bernard was; I expected a lot more. We got him on a free, he's on massive wages, like Siggy, but another mercenary, who has to move on.
28 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:39:37
29 Posted 02/09/2020 at 09:16:14
Most people kick off when there pint goes up 5p so how would you react if you boss dropped your wages 10%!
30 Posted 02/09/2020 at 09:56:44
But that's just me. Even as an amateur, I always wanted to play... anywhere... for anybody. If our game was cancelled or I had a free week, I'd sling my boots and stuff in the boot and find a team with 10 men, or no sub, or I'd turn out as A N Other for the 4th team.
We had one name – Sean Byrne – who everybody used and he finished top scorer and the most yellow and red cards one season.
31 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:25:07
32 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:52:53
33 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:54:49
34 Posted 02/09/2020 at 15:27:04
35 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:48:00
36 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:54:20
He had a bad season last year whilst being played in a different position! But his overall Premier League record is good. I'd rather him coming off the bench than any of the others I mention.
All that being said I'd take £15M+ for him and I'm sure he'd be very effective in the Premier League for a low/mid team with a tall centre forward as he could recreate the partnership he had with Lorente at Swansea.
He didn't decide his wages or his fee! I feel that influences many opinions about Sigurdsson!
37 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:03:04
You don't shift any players that are capable of numbers, you keep them. We need a goal... do we bring on Davies, Bernard or Sigurdsson?
38 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:07:07
Plus a dead-ball expert to bring off the bench! Way down the list of expendable players in my eyes.
39 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:23:01
40 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:29:07
Especially so if Gomes is injured, as a sub to grab a goal or as a rotation of the team for cup games or in busy periods like over Christmas and New Year. Who knows, he could even be revitalised and end up keeping Gomes out of the team.
41 Posted 02/09/2020 at 20:26:31
42 Posted 02/09/2020 at 21:35:02
43 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:01:27
His wages are obscene, but the fact that he has hardly broken sweat in the last two seasons leaves me speechless.
44 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:20:14
It's obvious now Sigurdsson, Walcott and Bernard are up for sale. Gomes can consider himself lucky not to be on that list, the pressure is on him now.
Heaven help us if the latest recruits turn out to be less than adequate, there are no guarantee's fingers crossed, soon find out!
45 Posted 03/09/2020 at 16:00:28
Agree with those above who stated in different ways that Sigurdsson should stay and play.
And for goodness sake, the £45 million due Bill goes on one guy. Moshiri.
46 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:33:26
It's his lack of fight, and dedication to the shirt which is the problem. He might be a skilful player, but how many times have we seen it? I do know that he earns £100,000 a week.
47 Posted 05/09/2020 at 03:52:08
As a player, he is deadly slow and almost immobile. Have you not noticed how late his tackles are (if they ever even come)? When a ball is played to him it has to be deadly accurate to his feet, otherwise he doesn't have the speed of mind or body to move or stretch to recover it. This reminds me of me playing when I was past it.
In terms of him being Number 10 or playmaker, how is that possible when he hides so often, probably due to him knowing his own imitations. He is ineffectual as a playmaker because he doesn't want to show and be on the ball (compare to Xavi and Iniesta).
My only hope is that someone is stupid enough (like Brands) to buy him at an inflated price.
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