The Sun have claimed that Leeds United have shown ‘initial interest’ in Manchester City and Elland Road academy product Fabian Delph, but are likely to be priced out of a move.
The 29-year-old first joined Leeds as a 12-year-old in 2001, after being lured to Thorp Arch from Bradford City. He spent five years in the academy before making his Leeds debut aged just 17.
Delph has gone on to become one of England’s best utility players. He has won 18 caps with England, helped Manchester City win two Premier League trophies and clocked up 169 top-tier appearances.
However, Delph is now struggling to win his place back in Manchester City’s side. Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko occupy the left-back slots, while Fernandinho and Ilkay Gundogan are preferred in holding midfield.
Delph will be limited to even less game time next season, after the £80,000-a-week left footer managed just 20 league and cup appearances this time around – though injury did hamper that progress.
It is believed Manchester City want £15million for Delph’s services, and although Leeds did show interest to begin with – the report claims that the price tag, and his wages, will prove too expensive to secure an Elland Road return.
There is no doubt that an “emotional return” to Elland Road for Delph would be an enormous coup for Leeds, after the midfielder played in the 2018 World Cup for England just last summer.
Delph’s determined style of play and loyalty to Leeds would make him an unbelievable signing. The Championship would suit his game, but his wages and price tag are simply too much for the Whites.
Leeds should keep tabs on the midfielder, given that this is Manchester City’s last chance to bring in some cash for Delph. With his contract expiring in 2020, he can be signed on a free in January 2020.
The longer the window goes on, the more City may reduce his price tag by.