The Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer affair has been one of the strangest through the summer, with the former Reading midfielder seemingly on the verge of signing for Swansea, Liverpool and eventually Tottenham at different points through June. Following the 22-year-old’s switch to White Hart Lane last week, Brendan Rodgers has indicated that Sigurdsson most likely rejected the Reds due to the financial rewards on offer at Spurs.
The Reds were widely tipped to sign Sigurdsson after the club agreed a deal with Hoffenheim. In fact, most people thought it was a foregone conclusion, with the player believed to be a big fan of Rodgers’ methods and expressing a wish to work with him again. However, after Tottenham came in with a last minute offer, the move was called off and the Icelandic international moved to White Hart Lane in a £8m transfer.
Following the transfer, Rodgers seems quite bemused at it all. Having offered Sigurdsson the chance to work with him again at such an elusive club, he made the decision not to offer the player better terms than he would have received at Swansea. It now appears as though this was the stumbling block in the transfer, with Rodgers saying, “I knew what the market was and I wasn’t prepared to pay anything over what I had known was agreed before. Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knows and at a club which is a real footballing institution. But he’s decided to go to Tottenham, for whatever reason.”
Despite being linked with countless players, Rodgers is yet to dip into the transfer market for the Reds. It also appears as though another rumour is dead in the water, after Tottenham defender Steven Caulker signed a new contract with the club. This came after newspaper reports hinted that Liverpool were weighing up an £8m move for the youngster.