Everton have failed in their first attempt to sign Ashley Williams after Swansea rejected an initial offer of around £10million.
Captain Williams’ eight-year stay with the Swans looked to be coming to an end this week, with Everton believing the £10million bid they submitted would be enough to land the 31-year-old.
The offer was rejected, however, with a Swansea club spokesman saying: “We are not looking to sell him, and therefore we have turned down the offer currently on the table.”
Williams has become the defensive rock of not just his club but also his country, captaining Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
He has made close to 350 appearances for Swansea since joining from Stockport in 2008 and is regarded as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
Blues boss Ronald Koeman is after a new centre-back and may even need two if John Stones is eventually allowed to join Manchester City following negotiations between the two clubs over a £50million deal, and he had hoped Williams would be an ideal replacement.
The Dutchman may go back to Swansea with an improved offer but, as things stand, the Welsh club are unwilling to do business.