By 90Min
August 13, 2017

Gylfi Sigurdsson was yet again left out of the Swansea squad in Saturday's goalless draw against Southampton. 

A post-match interview with Swansea boss Paul Clement revealed that he wanted Sigurdsson to avoid the risk of an injury as a deal between the Swans and Everton for the midfielder is closing in, Daily Mail reports.

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The Everton have already offered £40m with add-ons for the Icelandic star; Swansea have set a price for Sigurdsson at £50m.

"The clubs have not agreed so there's a difference in opinion on the value of the player but I don't think it's far away. I get the sense it's closer," Clement said regarding Everton's rejected offer.

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When asked why the gifted playmaker was excluded from the Swansea squad against Southampton, Clement insisted that it was a decision collectively taken by the player, club and himself to insure that the player is physically fit amidst securing the deal with Everton. 

"If the player gets injured in a full throttle Premier League game, any potential deal is gone.

"The decision was made between me, the player and the club that it was the wisest thing to do. I want the best players available."

Should Sigurdsson's deal go through, Ronald Koeman will have made his 12th signing of the summer.

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