According to a report in the Mirror, Manchester City have caught wind of Fabian Delph’s low buy-out clause and are readying to test Aston Villa’s resolve with a bid.
The England international only signed a new deal with Villa last January, a situation which protected Villa against losing arguably their best midfield performer for free this summer.
Villa won’t want to lose their star midfielder, not least on the cheap, but such a situation could arise if reports of a low buy-out clause and ensuing Manchester City interest are to be believed.
“Manchester City are ready to exploit an astonishingly low buy-out clause in Fabian Delph’s new contract. MirrorSport can reveal Aston Villa and England midfielder Delph is available for only around £10million under the terms of the deal he signed in January,” the Mirror state.
Would Fabian Delph be a good signing for Manchester City?
The 25-year-old was one of Villa’s key players towards the end of last season, captaining the side to Premier League safety and an FA Cup final clash with Arsenal.
His quality on the ball and his presence off it is evident among Premier League observers, and still being relatively young he has plenty left to offer for a club at the top end of the league.
City need to reshuffle their squad, bring the average age down and add home-grown talent - making Delph a natural target and one they should be looking at this summer.
The former Leeds man started 27 Premier League games last season, averaging 2.1 tackles and 2.2 successful take-ons per league encounter.