Talks between Everton and Swansea over Gylfi Sigurdsson have broken down but any suggestion the deal is off is nonsense, according to Sky sources.

One source has suggested that a verbal agreement was reached between the two clubs, only for Everton to withdraw the offer 48 hours later and refer back to a previous offer, understood to be around £40m.

There is now a fear at Goodison Park that the now soured relations may scupper the process completely, seriously hampering Ronald Koeman's and Paul Clement's planned transfer dealings over the next three weeks.