Everton will need Fabian Delph to hand in a transfer request at Manchester City if they have genuine hopes of signing him this summer.
The Metro claim Manchester City feel no pressure to sell the Englishman, despite making two signings that could threaten his chances for regular game time.
Pep Guardiola’s side have completed deals for left-back Angelino and midfielder Rodri, which is bad news for utility man Delph.
Everton have been linked with a move for the former Aston Villa and Leeds United ace, but The Metro claim City are happy to hang onto him and that the Toffees will need the player to force a move if a transfer is to happen.
The Premier League champions value Delph’s versatility, and would be happy to let him see out the final year of his contract.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Delph will hand in a transfer request.
He has had a really good run at the Etihad Stadium and won several trophies but at the age of 29, may feel the time is right for a change of environment.
At Everton he would play much more regularly and offer cover for Lucas Digne at left-back.
The £90,000-a-week player (Spotrac) is said to be slightly concerned about his England prospects, so there’s a decent chance a transfer request will happen if Everton really are that keen.