The sizeable 4/1 about Swansea in the Premier League relegation odds won’t linger long should Everton consummate their desire to see Gylfi Sigurdsson in a blue shirt on a regular basis.
Both new Toffees manager Ronald Koeman and freshly-installed director of football Steve Walsh had been keen on bringing the Icelandic international to their former clubs prior to their arrival on Merseyside.
Koeman is reportedly lining up a £25m move for the 26-year-old, who is seen as his marquee signing of the summer.
Such a move would represent excellent business for the Swans, who paid just £8.5m for him two seasons ago, but could also prove fatal to their chances of survival in the Premier League.
Prior to Francesco Guidolin replacing Garry Monk in mid-January, the Welshmen were one of the worst four teams in the Premier League last season winning just four games.
Sigurdsson was instrumental to their securing survival both pre and post-Monk, either scoring or assisting a decisive goal in half of their wins before the Italian arrived.
He struck seven of his 11 league goals after the Guidolin’s arrival too, making the difference in a further three wins against Everton, Norwich and Chelsea.
The former Tottenham man set up three strikes for teammates last term, meaning he was directly involved in 14 of the Swans’ 42 league notches.
Only Andre Ayew was able to match that, meaning between them they were involved in two thirds of the club’s divisional goals in 2015/16.
Like Sigurdsson, the Ghanaian has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium this summer, with Chelsea the latest side credited with an interest in his services.
To make matters worse Bafetimbi Gomis, their third most-prolific striker in 2015/16, is already in discussions over a move to Marseille.
As resourceful as Guidolin has proven himself as a manager when rescuing the Swans from their mid-season plight last term, he would surely struggle to keep them up if stripped of 81% of last season’s goal power.