Liverpool have until the end of the month to complete a deal for highly-rated Icelandic international midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The 22-year-old impressed in the Premier League on loan at Swansea City during last season, and was expected to join the Welsh outfit in a £6.8 million move from Hoffenheim.
However, manager Brendan Rodgers’ move from the Liberty Stadium to Anfield threw a spanner in the works, and whilst the Northern Irishman insisted the player was allowed to speak to new Swans boss Michael Laudrup first, it appears that Liverpool is the likely destination if a deal can be agreed.
The Reds will have to pay in the region of £8.5 million to bring the player to England from the Bundesliga however, with the Swans’ original discount negotiated as part of his initial loan.
Hoffenheim aren’t willing to give the player too long for negotiations though, with a statement confirming Sigurdsson has been granted until the end of the month to complete a move before having to return for pre-season.
“Gylfi Sigurdsson will not be with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the start of pre-season,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“He has, after consultation, obtained a prolonged holiday until 30th June. The club wants the 22-year-old to continue to secure a future in the Premier League.”
Another potentially positive factor for Liverpool is that former defender Markus Babel is now the head coach at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, and he admits that the player has his heart set on a switch to the English top flight.
“Gylfi wants to stay in England and is in negotiations there. Thus it makes no sense for both sides for him to return to Hoffenheim, perhaps only for a few days," noted the German.
“If, by the deadline on June 30, he has done nothing then he will return to his pre-season with us. We have agreed this with him.”
Sigurdsson would become the first Liverpool signing under Rodgers if a deal can be agreed.