Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney is close to joining La Liga side Sevilla after the rumoured Southampton and Crystal Palace target agreed to personal terms, per Marca.
Sevilla Sporting Director Monchi is now working to secure the final green light from BVB to sign the Denmark ace. He accelerated talks with the Bundesliga outfit over the weekend and expects to finalise a transfer over the coming days.
Delaney also played a role in potentially leaving the Westfalenstadion for Julen Lopetegui’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium natives this summer. The 29-year-old, who turns 30 next month, is aware he only has a year left on his contract and younger players are above him in Marco Rose’s pecking order after a backup role over the opening weeks of the season.
Rose only called on Delaney to play the final five minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s DFB Pokal win over Wehen Wiesbaden. The 60-cap international also played just 17 minutes of the 5-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to open the Bundesliga season.
Sevilla are optimistic they can sign Delaney from Dortmund for around €4m-5m (£3.5-4m), despite interest from Southampton and Crystal Palace. Bild recently reported they also admire the former Werder Bremen ace, who BVB signed for €20m (£17m) in 2018.
But neither Southampton nor Crystal Palace appear to have moved to edge Sevilla to a deal with Dortmund for Delaney. The La Liga outfit offered BVB an initial €4m last week, per BT, and seem to have increased their bid.
Delaney has also agreed on a deal in principle with Los Nervionenses to sign a three-year contract in Spain. He could be one of four further arrivals at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan this summer, as Monchi and Lopetegui work to bolster last season’s fourth-placed side.
Southampton and Palace to miss out to Sevilla in race to sign Dortmund’s Delaney
Southampton and Palace, then, look set to miss out to Sevilla in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Delaney. Both Premier League sides could also regret failing to strike a deal of their own with BVB for the Frederiksberg-native.
Delaney is a superb engine room occupant who breaks up play, drives teams forward and has a creative eye. He’s combative style also thwarts opponents from building momentum, which Ralph Hasenhuttl and Patrick Vieira would have benefited from in their sides.
Southampton could certainly have benefited from a Delaney-type in their side at Everton on Saturday. The Toffees were able to build momentum as they came from behind, against a Saints side that pressed well but lacked the end results.