Swansea captain Leon Britton believes Gylfi Sigurdsson will join Everton this summer.
Sigurdsson’s move to Merseyside has been one of the sagas of the summer, but appears to be nearing completion.
Having left his star man out of a weekend friendly at Birmingham, Swansea boss Paul Clement stated his belief that a resolution would be found “in the very near future”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday, the midfielder said: ‘His stats last year in terms of assists and goals, you’d think he’d be playing for one of the clubs in the top half of the table.
‘He’s a big influence in the top end of the pitch for us, but unfortunately the club we’re at, Swansea, when the bigger teams come calling it is hard to keep him.
‘The club have stood firm. By all accounts they’ve said they want £50m. I don’t know if it’s going to get done. I think Everton have maybe offered £40-45m so I think there’ll be some movement now and Gylfi will go.’
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored nine goals as the Swans rallied under Paul Clement to preserve their Premier League status after a hard-fought campaign.
And Britton admitted it is imperative Swansea find an adequate replacement for their talisman.
‘If he does go, it’s vitally important that we replace him with the same quality, as much as we can,’ he said.
Britton added: ‘You never know, things can change overnight so you live in hope that he will stay.
‘But Everton have bid a lot of money before and you’d think they’re not too far away from it.’