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Swansea’s valuation of Gylfi Sigurdsson will make you lose all concept of value, money, space and time

Foxes will have to fork out huge fee to even tempt Swans into talks as they look for Riyad Mahrez's replacement

Before we start this rant we should state that Gylfi Sigurdsson is probably our favourite player in the Premier League.

We’re not Swansea fans and we’re not one of the 17 people that live in Iceland, we just adore the way he caresses a football as if it’s his childhood sweetheart.

Season after season he’s proven his class and with all due respect to Swansea, few would say he doesn’t deserve to play at a club with greater ambition.

The performances of star man Gylfi Sigurdsson will be integral to where Swansea end up

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To us you are priceless, sweet prince

With that being said, what the hell has happened to transfer fees?

With Leicester interested in recruiting the 27-year-old, Swansea have announced a valuation of £40million.

40,000,000 English pounds.

If you were stack up that amount in £20 notes in a single pile the tower of cash would be higher than London’s Leadenhall skyscraper (otherwise known as The Cheesegrater).

Yep, that’s a decent wedge

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Yep, that’s a decent wedge

This towering pile of money matches the amount Man United are about to fork out for Nemanja Matic — a player Chelsea want to get rid of so they can accommodate Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The shockwaves of Paul Pogba’s record-breaking £89m transfer are being felt this summer.

After all, if the Frenchman is worth just shy of £90m why shouldn’t Swansea demand £40m for their star player? Why not £60m?

All of a sudden clubs have had to review their valuations of all their players to correspond with the Pogba deal.

The world record transfer always acts as a global barometer.

United laid down a new marker last summer

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United laid down a new marker last summer

In the old days a £40m price tag on Sigurdsson would act as a ‘hands off warning’ rather than a genuine negotiation.

But these days Leicester may very well pay it.

He’s a talented player in his prime — only Kevin De Bruyne and Christian Eriksen provided more assists in the Premier League last season and few are better standing over a dead ball.

The Foxes are one of several clubs considering making a move for the playmaker who is expected to leave the Liberty Stadium this summer despite signing a new contract a year ago.

Former employers Spurs are also keen however Leicester are favourites as they view Sigurdsson as the ideal replacement for Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian winger has requested to leave having suffered a slump in form during Leicester’s predictably underwhelming title defence.

Leicester want Gylfi Sigurdsson as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez

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Remember when this guy was the best player in the league?

Swansea’s American owners are under no pressure to sell.

Steven Kaplan, one of the entrepreneurs in charge of the US consortium running Swansea, is confident Sigurdsson will stay.

He told Wales Online: “We all know how important Gylfi is, just as he knows how much he’s valued and loved here.

“There’s been interest in him before – there were some pretty big enquiries about him last summer and in the January window – but we didn’t want to sell him then and we don’t want to sell him now.”

Sigurdsson, who is currently on holiday in the Hawaiian Islands, penned a new and improved four-year contract with Swansea last summer to become the highest earner on their books.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is currently on holiday in the Hawaiian Islands

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Gylfi Sigurdsson is currently on holiday in the Hawaiian Islands

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been enjoying his time off judging by his Instagram account

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Gylfi Sigurdsson has been enjoying his time off judging by his Instagram account

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