Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands scuppered Liverpool move, says former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers said Gylfi Sigurdsson’s wage demands scuppered the midfielder's move to Liverpool.
Swansea City and Brendan Rodgers were left disappointed after Sigurdsson completed the move to Tottenham yesterday after settling on a fee of around £8 million.
The Swans looked to set secure a £6.8 million deal with the Iceland international, but the move hit the rocks after Rodgers moved to Anfield in May.
Rodgers said did not feel Sigurdsson’s financial demands were jusified, and wasn’t prepared to pay anything over what was agreed at Swansea.
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In an interview, the former Swans boss said: “He and I both sat and spoke and believed that playing football was going to be the most important aspect for him.
“But obviously it was important financially so we agreed a deal for him to go to Swansea and that was wrapped up.
“I then became the Liverpool manager and that then wasn’t something that was going to happen at Swansea so he then had a choice of where he wanted to go.
“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.
“I wish him the best, he’s a good kid and there’s no ill feeling. We’ve got other targets and we’ll move on.”