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According to The Sun, Everton are interested in making a £16m swoop for versatile Manchester City ace Fabian Delph.
Well, the England international has been pushed further down the pecking order in two positions at the Etihad Stadium this summer, as a result of City’s only two signings.
The club-record capture of Spain midfielder Rodri means that Delph will now find chances in the middle of the park even harder to come by.
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Additionally, the return of left-back Angelino means that even Delph’s second position has been bolstered – the former Leeds man often deputised for Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko in defence, but his chances of playing there may now be limited with Angelino back.
The 29-year-old, who earns £90,000-a-week according to Spotrac, could now be surplus to requirements with the champions.
The same issues as previously mentioned may also affect Delph at Goodison Park if he ends up making the move to Merseyside.
Marco Silva has Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye occupying his only two centre-midfield positions, and given how well they hit it off together last term, it seems unlikely that anything will break that.
So, in addition to the fact that a starting place in midfield seems a long way off, 5 foot 9 ace Delph would even struggle to get into the side in his other position of left-back.
The form of Everton’s Player of the Season Lucas Digne last term was impressive after his £18m move from Barcelona – he won the award thanks to some fine performances that saw him end the campaign with four goals and four assists.
He is arguably one of the Toffees’ best performers, so it seems massively unlikely that Silva would play Delph at left-back instead unless the France international suffered an injury.
Everton really don’t need an ageing Delph, especially given their strength in his best positions.