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Manchester City: Everton close in on Fabian Delph after offering pay increase

Manchester City: Everton close in on Fabian Delph after offering pay increase

Fabian Delph appears closer to leaving Manchester City after Everton offered him a better deal at Goodison Park.

According to Football Insider, the Toffees have agreed a fee of £8.5million (potentially rising to £10m) for the 29-year-old.

Football Insider claimed that a source from Everton told them that they were confident of completing a deal for the England international.

The Merseyside club have offered Delph a deal worth more than £100,000 a week, as reported by Football Insider, and that would be a discernible increase on his current £90,000 a week contract with the Premier League champions which is due to expire next summer.

Although Delph is a natural midfielder, he has often been deployed at left-back by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

The England international featured in 22 Premier League games in the club’s 100-point season of 2017/18 but the rise of Oleksandr Zinchenko last year limited Delph to only eight league starts last term.

Indeed, the former Aston Villa player has never truly been able to establish himself in the first team at the Etihad Stadium. In four seasons at the club, he has started just 39 Premier League games, with 21 of those starts coming in 2017/18.

Delph failed to score at all for Manchester City last season and provided just one assist. By contrast, fellow left-backs Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy each supplied five assists, with the former also scoring once.

Zinchenko also performed the best of the three in terms of passing success (91.5%), aerial duels (won 1.7 per game), passes per game (84.6), tackles per game (2.4) and interceptions per game (1.4) last season. The Ukraine man looks set to make the left-back slot his own given those performance metrics.

Delph performed worse than Mendy for passes per game (62.9 v 65) and key passes per game (0.3 v 1.2), although the England player had the better statistics for tackles (2.1 v 1.6) and interceptions (1.6 v 1) per game.

Delph’s prospects of featuring regularly as a defensive midfielder for Manchester City next season do not look too promising either given the excellent performances of Fernandinho (named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2018/19) and the club record £62.6m signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.

The 29-year-old would likely have more opportunities at Everton than he’s had at the Etihad and it would be understandable if he wanted to accept higher wages at Goodison Park. It appears that Delph stands to gain more from joining Everton than Manchester City would stand to lose by selling the 29-year-old, given the rise of Zinchenko over the last 12 months.

Manchester City fans, would you be sorry to see Delph go or do you think he’s dispensable? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

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