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Jul 24

Swansea reject second Everton bid worth £45m for Gylfi Sigurdsson

• Swansea stand firm in £50m valuation for Iceland international
• Everton’s initial £40m bid rejected but negotiations remain open

Swansea City remain resolute in their £50m valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson, having rejected a second bid worth up to £45m from Everton for the Iceland international.

Everton had a £40m offer for the 27-year-old rejected a fortnight ago, when Sigurdsson stunned Swansea officials and team-mates by pulling out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, and an improved deal met a similar fate on Monday. That bid is understood to have been £40m plus £5m in add-ons.

Related: Transfer roundup: West Ham seal £16m swoop for Javier Hernández

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Jul 19

Everton suffer double injury blow to Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori

• Tottenham target Barkley to miss four weeks following groin surgery
• Defender Funes Mori out for ‘six to nine months’ with knee injury

Ross Barkley will miss the start of the season after undergoing surgery on a groin problem that has curtailed his pre-season with Everton. His team-mate Ramiro Funes Mori, meanwhile, could miss the bulk of the new campaign owing to complications in his recovery from a knee operation.

Barkley has missed Everton’s trips to Tanzania and the Netherlands and is expected to be sidelined for four weeks. The midfielder will miss the club’s Europa League third-round qualifier plus the Premier League opener against Stoke City, though whether he would have featured in Ronald Koeman’s plans is doubtful given the stand-off over his new contract.

Related: Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/19/everton-ross-barkley-injury-ramiro-funes-mori

Jul 17

Everton head to Netherlands without Ross Barkley for pre-season trip

• Barkley has not recovered from groin injury
• Everton sign defender Cuco Martina on a free

Ross Barkley will miss Everton’s second overseas trip of pre-season having failed to recover from a groin problem in time for the squad’s departure for the Netherlands.

The Everton midfielder, who could leave Goodison Park after failing to sign a contract extension, was again the notable absentee when Ronald Koeman’s 25-man squad flew to Enschede on Monday. The 23-year-old has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and several Premier League clubs having entered the final 12 months of his contract, although Everton insist his absence is because of a groin injury that has required treatment and forced him to miss last week’s visit to Tanzania.

Related: Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/17/everton-ross-barkley-pre-season-trip-sign-cuco-martina

Jul 16

Ronald Koeman seeks finishing touch to Everton’s £150m spending spree | Andy Hunter

Even if Everton capture Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the big-spending Blues must still land a prolific striker after Romelu Lukaku’s departure

Everton’s spending will break the £150m barrier should they finally meet Swansea’s asking price for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the cost of challenging the Champions League clique is likely to rise higher. Not even the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park, with his throwback goal in Tanzania, deflects from the need to reconstruct Ronald Koeman’s attack following the exit of Romelu Lukaku. The finishing touches of an unprecedented spree could prove the most important.

Related: Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

Related: Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Related: José Mourinho backs Romelu Lukaku to succeed at the ‘biggest club’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jul/16/everton-ronald-koeman-wayne-rooney-olivier-giroud-spending-spree

Jul 14

Swansea warn Everton over Sigurdsson and raise question of tapping up

• Swansea insist they will not be bullied into dropping £50m asking price
• Welsh club say any Everton agreement with player would be illegal

Swansea City have questioned whether Everton have tapped up Gylfi Sigurdsson and warned they will not be bullied into dropping their £50m asking price for the Iceland international.

Sigurdsson stunned Swansea officials and coaching staff on Thursday when he pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States shortly before the flight to Philadelphia. The 27-year-old was apparently “not in the right frame of mind” amid continued interest from Everton, who want the midfielder as part of their summer spending spree.

Related: Everton set to increase bid and sign Gylfi Sigurdsson after Swansea reject £40m

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Jul 10

Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Wayne Rooney revealed he is looking forward to the Merseyside derby more than going back to Old Trafford and also that he wants his England place back

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and the occasion of his first professional deal for Everton. At 17, Rooney was so unprepared for the barrage of flashing cameras the words stuck in his throat and his audience could hardly hear him speak. David Moyes told him off for chewing gum and there was an awkward moment, after his first uncertain words, when he reached for the bottle of water on his table. Rooney was about to swig straight from it until Moyes intervened. “Pour it in the glass, Wayne,” came the advice.

Related: Wayne Rooney and Everton are well placed for a fruitful and warm reunion | Nick Ames

Related: Wayne Rooney: Gareth Southgate was right to axe me but I want England recall

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Jul 10

Aaron Lennon grateful for support after returning to Everton pre-season training

• Thirty-year-old winger was detained under the Mental Health Act in May
• ‘Anyone feeling anything out of the ordinary should seek support’

Everton winger Aaron Lennon is happy to be back in training and has thanked people for their support after he was detained under the Mental Health Act in May.

The 30-year-old has been back in pre-season training with Everton for the past week following his treatment for a stress-related illness after the police detained him at the side of a road in Salford.

Related: Aaron Lennon: Everton winger receives treatment for stress-related illness

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/aaron-lennon-everton-support-mental-health-act-return-training

Jul 10

José Mourinho backs Romelu Lukaku to succeed at the ‘biggest club’

• Manchester United announce signing of Romelu Lukaku on five-year deal
• Belgian says his aim is to win the Champions League with the club

José Mourinho is confident Romelu Lukaku will be a success at Manchester United after the club confirmed the striker’s arrival from Everton. The 24-year-old, who has signed a five-year deal and joined his new team-mates on Monday morning for training at UCLA’s Drake Stadium, stated immediately that his aim was to win the Champions League with his new club.

The striker took part in a boxes session that included Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, and Andreas Pereira in hot sunshine after the session started at 10am. Mourinho watched on as Lukaku, who will earn £250,000-a-year at United, began the process of integrating into his squad.

Related: Romelu Lukaku confirms Manchester United move as Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/romelu-lukaku-jose-mourinho-manchester-united

Jul 10

Wayne Rooney: Gareth Southgate was right to axe me but I want England recall

• The 31-year-old hopes move to Everton will earn England return
• If Rooney had gone to China he would have ended international career

Wayne Rooney has claimed Gareth Southgate was right to drop him from the England squad and added he would have quit international football had he left Manchester United for China.

Related: Wayne Rooney rekindles his Everton love affair and wants to play up front

Related: Wayne Rooney: a Manchester United great who departs to muted applause

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/wayne-rooney-everton-manchester-united-england-squad

Jul 10

Swansea slap £50m price tag on playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson

• Everton and Leicester have both been linked with Icelander
• Sigurdsson was Welsh club’s player of the year last season

Swansea have put a £50m price tag on Gylfi Sigurdsson. The move comes as the Icelandic playmaker continues to be heavily linked with Everton and Leicester.

Swansea remain determined to keep hold of Sigurdsson, who was named the club’s player of the year for the second successive campaign last season.

Related: Premier League transfers club by club: done deals, targets and likely departures

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jul/10/swansea-price-tag-playmaker-gylfi-sigurdsson

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