Borussia Dortmund will sell Thomas Delaney for just £9 million this summer as Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Southampton look to secure the services of the Denmark international, according to BILD.
A midfielder who turns 30 next month isn’t exactly a typical Norwich City signing. At Palace, meanwhile, new manager Patrick Vieira is looking to build a young, up-and-coming squad capable of bringing energy and excitement to Selhurst Park.
But a dash of experience among all that exuberance could come in handy for two clubs facing a potential relegation battle in 2021/22.
Boasting 60 international caps and an impressive 11 trophies, the hard-working Delaney is an old-school midfield general, a man whose tenacity and technique helped Denmark reach vertigo-inducing heights at Euro 2020.
With just one year left on his contract, however, Dortmund will listen to offers in the region of just £9 million for a man who has fallen behind Jude Bellingham and a rejuvenated Mo Dahoud at the Signal Iduna Park.
Delaney started just 14 Bundesliga games last season.
Crystal Palace and Southampton eye Dortmund star Thomas Delaney
German publication Ruhr Nachrichten believes Southampton and Watford are interested too. Interestingly, Delaney was pictured on holiday with Saints defender and Denmark teammate Jannik Vestergaard a few weeks ago.
Should Delaney swap Dortmund for the banks of the Solent, it’s hard to imagine Southampton being so porous at the back with a man of his determination and discipline marshalling things in front of an often error-prone back line.
“I’d particularly like to praise Thomas Delaney who – to put it in exaggerated terms – was involved in 200 challenges and won 210 of them,” Dortmund director Michael Zorc once said after the former Copenhagen talisman inspired a 4-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen.
“He performed outstandingly.”