A major update has emerged about Southampton target Thomas Delaney, regarding Dortmund’s stance on his future.
According to Sky Sports Germany, As relayed by Saints Extra and the EDP, Borussia Dortmund are ready to sanction a sale for Southampton target Thomas Delaney this summer, amid interest from the Saints, Crystal Palace and Norwich.
The report claims that Delaney would prefer a move to the Premier League over any other top division, handing a boost to the three English sides.
It’s time to say bye-bye to Mario Lemina this summer. Newcastle are reportedly keen on the Saints outcast and Martin Semmens needs topermanently axe him from the squad and put the funds towards a deal for Delaney ahead of next season to bolster Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad. Lemina has had loan moves to Galatasaray and Fulham in recent seasons but it is now time to cash in on him and get him off the books for good to help fund a move for Delaney.
The Danish midfielder could be Victor Wanyama 2.0 at St. Mary’s with his exceptional defensive midfield talent, which is why Semmens must sanction a swoop for him immediately.
Wanyama was a midfield beast for the club during his time on the south coast. He averaged superb WhoScored ratings of 7.12 and 7.02 in his final two Premier League seasons at Southampton, before moving on to Tottenham in 2016. The Kenyan was a rock in the middle of the park as he averaged 5.4 tackles and interceptions in his final campaign in red and white.
Throughout his career, Delaney has proven himself to be adept at winning the ball back for his side. He has a career average of 3.5 tackles and interceptions per game across over 150 competitive appearances, which is only 0.2 lower than Wanyama’s career average. This suggests that he is of a similar quality to the former Saints star and could arrive this summer and be the enforcer in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s midfield.
After a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim last season, Dortmund director Michael Zorc hailed the “outstanding” performance of Delaney at centre-back. The 29-year-old was deployed at the back due to the club’s injury issues and caught the eye with an excellent display.
“We really deserved to win the game. We had to replace Lukasz Piszczek early on, but Thomas Delaney did an outstanding job in central defence.
“The introductions of Haaland and Reus gave us an additional attacking push and we created many goalscoring opportunities. We should have put the game to bed earlier, but we did our job here very well. When you consider as well that we haven’t won here for so long, I’m very satisfied.”
These quotes only emphasise Delaney’s quality and show that he is versatile in terms of where he can play on the pitch. The £85k-per-week beast has played at centre-back, defensive midfield and central midfield over the past 12 months for club and country.
He could be a terrific addition to Hasenhuttl’s squad and could provide the same qualities that Wanyama did at St Mary’s.
Semmens needs to get Lemina out of his squad and needs to strike a deal for Delaney as soon as possible before Palace and Norwich are able to swoop in for him.