Rodgers to give Swansea first refusal on Sigurdsson
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will give his old team Swansea first option on signing Gylfi Sigurdsson after the Welsh side agreed a deal with the midfielder before Rodgers left Liberty Stadium. ESPN are reporting that the new Liverpool boss wishes to respect the transfer dealings of his old club and will wait until any approach they make has been finalized or falls through. He said:
“I wanted to sign him for Swansea but, like I’ve said to him and his representatives, that has to be his first port of call” adding: “If he comes into the market for whatever reason – and I’m sure there’ll be a number of clubs interesting in Gylfi – then of course I would like to be in a position to put our case here at Liverpool to sign him” concluding that “I’ve always said, I think he’s a player Swansea have had an agreement with an they have to have every chance to try and sign him”.
This is another example of the Northern Irishman’s respect for his former club. In the deal that took the manager to Anfield there was an agreement in place that meant there would be an transfer embargo on any Swansea players for one year – meaning Liverpool couldn’t sign anybody from the Welsh team for the next two transfer windows– thus preserving a side that had a strong first season in the English top flight.
Interest in Sigurdsson is bound to be high after an impressive half season that he spent on loan at Swansea. The Icelandic international played 18 times for the Premier League new boys, helping himself to 7 goals in the process.
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