Everton's hopes of landing Gylfi Sigurdsson have been given a huge boost as Swansea boss Paul Clement admitted a deal could be close to being done.
The Swans manager was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as he suggested that a switch for the Icelandic playmaker could be done "within the next couple of days" if negotiations proved to be successful.
The Toffees have been relentless in their chase for the £50m-rated attacking midfielder, and Clement revealed that he expected a compromise to be reached so that he could press on with plans to get his side ready for the Premier League curtain raiser in 10 days' time.
He said: "Talks are still going on and hopefully we are going to get some news in the next couple of days.
"The deal needs to be the best for all parties involved, we have got a very, very important season coming up. We know what happened last season if you don't make a good start and we don't want that to happen again.
"We want to make a good start and everyone wants to know what our squad is going to be going onto the first game of the season."
Sigurdsson - who won't play in Saturday's friendly against Sampdoria for Swansea - has reportedly informed the Liberty stadium-based side that he wishes to move to Goodison Park, but the Swans have so far rebuffed Everton's advances for the 27-year-old.
Bids of £40m and £45m have already been knocked back as they hold firm in their valuation of Sigurdsson, but speculation has suggested that a deal to allow him to move to Merseyside may soon be in the offing.
Reports have linked young Blues defender Callum Connolly with a season-long loan switch to south Wales as part of the exchange and, when asked about that type of deal, Clement remarked that a player-plus-cash agreement would need to be the right deal for his club.
He added: "Assuming it is the right player coming our way and it is someone we are interested in and fills a need in our squad. Those deals will always have potential.
"I hope it is done today, either way, whether that is selling or not, but we need a quick resolution to the situation."