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DC United interested in eventual move for Sigurdsson

Tuesday, 01 September 2020 47comments  |  Jump to last

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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Richard Mason
1 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:50:03
Rumours of DC United, the club that bought Rooney are looking at Sigurdsson.

Could be some truth to it.

Neil Copeland
2 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:52:12
Reports that DC United may be in for Sigurdsson.
Steve Shave
3 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:52:26
Just about to post the same Richard - please be true!!! I have said all along our best chance of selling him is the US or China. Hopefully a decent fee if they want him to be their international star desperately. He'd probably do well there.
Richard Mason
4 Posted 01/09/2020 at 21:55:49
I like Gylfi, seems like a decent chap, but Everton do need to move on.

Never our worst signing, just a pity Walsh didn't negotiate a proper price and wage.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:02:58
I think they say an ‘eventual' move to DC Utd. So I don't think he is planning on going anywhere without having the £10 million wages left on his contract paid up. He could hang around until his contract ends then go as a free agent.

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.

Paul Hewitt
6 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:03:14
I will drive him myself.
Duncan McDine
7 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:12:33
Paul (6), you can't drive all the way to Washington DC (unless you have the keys to Inspector Gadget's garage) so you'd better dust off your pilot's licence. I'll happily chip in for fuel.
Phil Lewis
8 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:19:09
Apart from his rare dead ball efforts, which are increasingly few and far between, it must have become glaringly obvious even to Sigurrdson's most ardent gullible admirers, that he is yet another utterly useless imposter, who offers absolutely nothing to the team. The sooner he leaves, along with the rest of the deadwood the better.

'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.

Christy Ring
9 Posted 01/09/2020 at 23:22:08
If they matched his wages, let him go. There's no-one going to pay a fee, and give him the same deal.

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.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
10 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:12:18
Duncan, hopefully for Gylfi his agent is not Willie McKay. Otherwise driving may be safer.
Lester Yip
11 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:26:12
Hopefully with the addition of Allan, Sigurdsson and Gomes can focus on what they're good at.

Siggy has the technique and brain to put those defence splitting through passes in. And his set-piece delivery is still good.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:31:11
Is Steve Walsh working at DC United?
Dean Cooper
13 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:40:59
As one of Sigurdsson's aforementioned ardent gullible admirers, I have to go against the consensus here. There was a great player there but Everton ruined him:

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.

Stephen Vincent
14 Posted 02/09/2020 at 00:54:10
Phil #10,

Harsh, very harsh.

Derek Thomas
15 Posted 02/09/2020 at 01:29:24
Does he need a lift to the Airport.
Pekka Harvilahti
16 Posted 02/09/2020 at 02:04:59
You just have to think that the teams where he succeed were built to make use of what he's good at. Free-kicks, penalties, little moves around the area. Nothing to show in the way of fighting or tackling.

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.

Roberto Birquet
17 Posted 02/09/2020 at 03:02:06
Paul 6,

You'd only get wet, feller.

Roberto Birquet
18 Posted 02/09/2020 at 03:04:06
We're not gonna get a fee for Sigurdsson – certainly not much of one – with those wages and his age. We've done some very foolish business in the past few years.
Ajay Gopal
19 Posted 02/09/2020 at 05:48:10
This is such a pointless rumour on this site. I mean, how is it benefiting Everton FC if DC United or any other goddam team in the world wants to 'eventually' move for Sigurdsson when his contract with Everton is over. How does it matter to us?

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.

David Pearl
20 Posted 02/09/2020 at 06:43:36
Oh what a fickle bunch we are. How about we play him in his correct position with good players around... ya know, just for once. Form is temporary innit
Jay Evans
21 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:01:58
A couple of things - firstly, his set-piece is not very good and hasn’t been for an entire season. Anyone who thinks otherwise hasn’t been watching him, sorry.

As for him being played in his correct position, I’m afraid that makes absolutely no difference once your legs has have gone.

Trevor Peers
22 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:42:31
Interesting debate going on here, disecting a players contract and working out his liability. I find it a bit unfair just looking at Sigurdsson's liability.

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.

Colin Glassar
23 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:44:08
I thought Sigurdsson was great when he played for Spurs and Swansea and was chuffed when we got him. Who knows? With decent players around him, he might find his form once again.
Michael Kenrick
24 Posted 02/09/2020 at 07:47:21
I think you're letting your frustrations with the Sigurdsson situation boil over, Ajay. Others (including me) are grateful, exceedingly grateful that someone might be interested in taking him off our hands.

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.

Brian Williams
25 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:29:06
Colin #23.

Col, I hope whichever drawer he manages to find the missing form in, he finds a younger pair of legs as well!

Tony Everan
26 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:36:20
Ajay#19 makes a good case for a lower to mid-table club taking a gamble on him.
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.

Christy Ring
27 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:36:57
Trevor #22,

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.

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 02/09/2020 at 08:39:37
Same here Bri, he could become our Pirlo 😉
Carl Manning
29 Posted 02/09/2020 at 09:16:14
Refusing to walk away from multi million pound contracts for lesser wages elsewhere does not make a footballer a bad person! They are paid what the club agreed to pay them. They didn't have to agree to it. They do not owe the club a favour! Look how Niasse was treated by the club! It works both ways!

Most people kick off when there pint goes up 5p so how would you react if you boss dropped your wages 10%!

Derek Thomas
30 Posted 02/09/2020 at 09:56:44
Carl 29; True enough it doesn't make you a bad person per se...but; I expect my (already vastly minted by now) footballers to want to play football just for the playing of it, silly of me I know.

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.

Tony Waring
31 Posted 02/09/2020 at 10:25:07
Carl (29) with all due respect 10% of £65k hardly equates to a 5p increase in the price of a pint.
Andrew Ellams
32 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:52:53
I wouldn't get too excited over this one. It sounds like he's looking into booking his retirement home a couple of years in advance.
Brian Wilkinson
33 Posted 02/09/2020 at 14:54:49
The perfect scenario story, but why oh why kill our hopes with one simple word, 'Eventually'?
Steve Brown
34 Posted 02/09/2020 at 15:27:04
I agree, we should play him in his right position.... No 10 at DC United or Watford (as part of the deal for Doucouré).
David Currie
35 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:48:00
Has always been an average Premier League player. I hope he leaves but think he will stay around and pick up his huge wages.
Stephen Brown
36 Posted 02/09/2020 at 17:54:20
I'd rather shift Bernard, Iwobi, Delph, Sandro and Tosun before Sigurdsson!

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!

David Pearl
37 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:03:04
Only very average players can score 13 goals and 6 assists. FFS!

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?

Stephen Brown
38 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:07:07
Agreed, David. He has (apart from last year) consistently scored goals – unlike many of our other options!

Plus a dead-ball expert to bring off the bench! Way down the list of expendable players in my eyes.

Trevor Peers
39 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:23:01
David, I think Ancelotti knows all this; he's going nowhere. Davies and Bernard are the most likely to leave.
Tony Everan
40 Posted 02/09/2020 at 18:29:07
David, Stephen I agree with that. There is the possibility too that Carlo intends to use him in his preferred position in a 4-2-3-1 formation when Allan, Doucouré and James sign.

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.

Soren Moyer
41 Posted 02/09/2020 at 20:26:31
Oh YES!
Christy Ring
42 Posted 02/09/2020 at 21:35:02
Carlo signing James is to replace Sigurdsson and the only reason he'll be going nowhere is because of his salary.
John Davies
43 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:01:27
£100,000 per week – no wonder some people hate modern football.

His wages are obscene, but the fact that he has hardly broken sweat in the last two seasons leaves me speechless.

Trevor Peers
44 Posted 03/09/2020 at 10:20:14
We'll just have to hope the new signings are the real deal.

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!

James Flynn
45 Posted 03/09/2020 at 16:00:28
Whatever happens happens. We'll see.

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.

John Davies
46 Posted 04/09/2020 at 20:33:26
Dear David Pearl,

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.

Barry Jones
47 Posted 05/09/2020 at 03:52:08
Siggy really has to go and should never have been signed in the first place for that outrageous amount of cash. His only real quality is ball striking, either from dead ball situations or those situations when the opposition are too lazy to close him down.

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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