Three options for Delph if he leaves Villa on a free transfer

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph could make a good signing for Southampton, Arsenal and Everton next summer.

Fabian Delph is set to leave Aston Villa on a free transfer next summer, according to a report in the Telegraph

Delph's current deal at Villa Park expires in 12 months and he may be unwilling to put pen-to-paper on an extension as he wants to keep his options open in the next summer transfer window. 

Delph is one of Villa's key players, and he has established himself as one of England's best central-midfielders in recent times, so there is unlikely to be any shortage of suitors for the 24-year-old to choose from. 

In this piece we take a look at three clubs who could be interested in signing Delph on a free transfer.


St. Mary's has become a hot-bed of English talent and the opportunity to sign someone of Delph's class on a free-transfer is one which is likely to interest Ronald Koeman's men.

Southampton have been one of the Premier League's surprise packages so far this season and they are progressing at a rapid rate. 

The signing of Delph would certainly enhance the quality of their squad and give them further quality to utilise in their central-midfield areas.

Delph has the energy required to fit in with the Saints' high-tempo style of play and he also has the technical attributes to cope with their technical demands.

It means that he could be a potentially excellent addition for Koeman's side and, at such a bargain price, it would be one they would be foolish to ignore.


Arsenal have a paucity of options who can play in their two central-midfield spots and Delph would certainly add to their quality in this area.

Although Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are decent options for the side to utilise, the likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini do need an upgrade.

Delph wouldn't be the midfield enforcer that Arsene Wenger's men need, but he could be a player who offers a lot of their team and he would add competition for places in a position which has become a problem one for the Gunners.

He would also fit in with the English core which is being built at the Emirates and, given Wenger's love for a bargain, he could well be in the market for the central-midfieldER. 


Roberto Martinez demands his midfielders to play with energy and style and they are both characteristics that Delph possesses in abundance. 

The England international would likely slot in perfectly with the Spanish manager's favoured style of play and he could offer competition to James McCarthy and Gareth Barry for a place in the side. 

The duo make up a good combination, but there is a lack of genuine quality behind them - even with the addition of Muhamed Besic this summer - and bringing in Delph could be a good option for the Merseyside outfit. 

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