If former Leeds United player Fabian Delph moves on this summer, the Whites may be entitled to a sizeable chunk of his transfer fee.
According to a report from the Mirror, Manchester City are considering a £10million move for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.
That is the fee the newspaper claims is the England international’s release-clause, inserted into the contract he signed back in January.
With City allegedly keen on bringing the 25-year-old to the Etihad Stadium to bolster their midfield ranks, it would be a huge blow to Villa to see him leave so soon after he committed his future to the club. But if he does go – and for now it is a big ‘if’ – Delph’s former club Leeds United could also be in for a windfall of their own.
Delph was on the books at Elland Road from 2001 to 2009, coming through the youth ranks and ultimately making 58 appearances for the Leeds first-team.
From there he moved to Villa in a deal the Telegraph claimed at the time cost around £6million, and while Leeds missed out on seeing Delph blossom into the player he has become, they could yet benefit from an alleged clause in his contract that will see them given 15 per cent of any future sale.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has reasserted the belief on Twitter this weekend that Leeds asked for that percentage when Delph moved to Villa Park, and if that is the case, a £10million move would see Uwe Rosler’s side benefit with a £1.5million windfall.
For now there is much speculation surrounding Delph’s future and he could yet remain at Villa Park and continue to impress under manager Tim Sherwood, but if the suggestions that Leeds were canny in their negotiations back in 2009 are true, Rosler could be set for a welcome boost to the transfer kitty.