Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is nearing the end of his contract and has so far been reluctant to sign a new deal at the club.
The former Leeds United youngster has been in superb form for the Villains in recent months and has shown the sort of performances which garnered so much attention during his teenage years.
Now fully recognised at international level, Delph is becoming one of the Premier League’s standout midfield enforcers yet could be free to walk away from Paul Lambert’s side next summer.
According to the Mirror, the Villa star has yet to put pen-to-paper on a new contract offer and the likes of Everton and Arsenal are said to be monitoring the situation.
“The 24-year-old has been offered a new deal by the Villains to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.” The report states.
“But he has yet to sign the bumper contract – a fact noted by the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger and Roberto Martinez, his counterpart at the Goodison Park club.”
Delph can be described as a tenacious midfielder with excellent ball ability and strong tackling, traits which Arsenal arguably lack in their midfield.
The North Londoners have defensive midfielders in the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, but both are now into their thirties and have been called upon for their lack of pace.
Many observers feels that this is the area in which Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen for his side to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the title, and Delph’s youthfulness could see him become that missing link.
Having played in League One and the Championship at Elland Road, the Bradford-born midfielder has come a long way in such a short career and perhaps now is the time for him to take that final step in joining one of the Premier League’s top clubs.