Ronald Koeman confident of securing Gylfi Sigurdsson for Everton

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Paul Clement managed to keep the Swans up last season but Gylfi Sigurdsson is set to join Everton having not played their pre-season tour and Fernando Llorente is out with a broken arm, robbing him of his two best players.

While Rodgers is not sure whether Sigurdsson will leave Swansea - who he rejoined permanently from Tottenham in 2014 - in this transfer window, the Celtic boss is sure that the Welsh club have plans to fill any gap created. We have seen it before. We have the experience of what we need to pay for players who came here and had one year of contract.

"I think we are well prepared". "We'd still like to do a couple of things [in the transfer market], but we have until the end of August to do that". "Of course I would like the situation resolved as soon as possible, I've said that quite clearly". I have said that quite early, and hopefully that will be the case.

In short, Swansea could be ruining their season for the sake of £5 million, and while it may not be that simple - because they wan't to keep hold of their best player - it certainly will look that simply if come May, Swansea are in trouble again.

"One of the reasons I don't want to talk about other names is because unless something is done with Gylfi's situation there is no point saying anything".

"They have worked hard and we are in good shape going into the first game".

Even though Everton have had bids of £40m and £45m rejected by Swansea for Sigurdsson, Koeman thinks they are "close" to hammering out a deal while Swansea apparently want a swift resolution at this point as well. That has not changed.

"I'm as confident as I can be from my talks with the owners and the chairman that if this goes through, that we're ready to go", Clement said. I have heard the comments of Paul Clement, the manager of Swansea.

"Gylfi is a miss, but we have to carry on and Tom has got very good quality". Let's wait. We're not in a hurry but we finally hope to do a deal.

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