In Focus: Man City want £14m for Delph

According to The Sun, Manchester City want £14m for out-of-favour central midfielder Fabian Delph in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Delph joined Man City from Aston Villa in the summer of 2015, signing a five-year contract with the Citizens, who are believed to have held off a number of clubs to sign the Englishman.

The 27-year-old has four goals in 39 appearances since arriving in Manchester, but he is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer after only starting two Premier League matches during the 2016-17 campaign.

Stoke City have been strongly linked with a move for the energetic midfielder, with the Potters believed to have made a £12m offer earlier this month.

However, according to The Sun, Man City boss Pep Guardiola wants £14m for Delph, and the Spaniard will not give the green light on a sale until that particular figure is met.

Is £14m a fair price?

It is extremely difficult to ascertain what is ‘a fair price’ in the current market.

A few years ago, £14m for a player that has struggled for football at his club would have been seen as a little excessive, but all things considered in this situation, it does seem to be a fair valuation.

At 27, Delph arguably still has his best years ahead of him, whilst he has made more than 230 appearances since turning professional with Leeds United.

Delph’s career has stalled in recent years, but he cost Man City £8m from Aston Villa in 2015, and actually made 27 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions during the 2015-16 season.

The midfielder is also an England international of nine caps, although the last of those appearances for the national team came in 2015.

Stoke have seemingly gone to £12m in order to sign Delph this summer, and it seems fair that Man City would ask for an extra £2m for a player that is under contract until June 2020.