Everton appear to be closing on the signing of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, but would that be a good move for the club?
The Toffees had been linked with a move for the 29-year old central midfielder earlier this week, amid speculation linking him with an exit from the Etihad Stadium.
The England international only made 11 league appearances for the Premier League champions last season, and with just 12 months left on his contract it appears the Cityzens are prepared to let him go, with his game time likely to be restriced even further following the signing of Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
As reported by reliable Merseyside journalist Paul Joyce on Twitter, Everton appear to be closing in on a deal, with negotiations still taking place with City ahead of an £8million switch. However, if this a deal the club should be pursuing?
Twitter: Everton closing in on deal for Fabian Delph. Negotiations continuing with Man City. Fee could be in region of £8m.… https://t.co/5gJBB3NL8p (@_pauljoyce)
I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no idea. Should Marco Silva see Delph as a valuable squad player who can boost our numbers and give the club other options, then I think for a fee as low as £8million (in the 2019 market) we can’t go far wrong.
On the other hand if the club see Delph as an adequate replacement for Idrissa Gueye, who could still be the move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, then they will be making a huge error.
Delph already falls far outside of Marcel Brands’ age recruitment parameters at 29, while some fans would prefer the club award younger players within the club more opportunities, such as Tom Davies and Beni Baningime.
My thoughts on this deal depend on how Silva views Delph and what part he wants him to play this season, and because we don’t know that it is hard to put a value on this deal.
But for such a low figure, I’m choosing to see positivity in the fact that the club will have more money to spend on strengthening their forward line, which is in drastic need of refreshment.