Manchester City are holding out for a big profit on England midfielder Fabian Delph, despite the 27-year-old enduring an injury hit two years at the Etihad Stadium.
According to The Sun, the Blues have already rejected a £10million offer from Mark Hughes’ Stoke City, Delph’s most likely destination, because they want £14million to sell a player who fills a home-grown spot in the squad.
This would earn City a considerable profit on the £8million they paid for Delph when signing him in 2015. But with prices rising lately and Delph a recognised England international, they hope to extract top dollar for him.
And Stoke have already received £20million, rising to £25million, for Marko Arnautović, who joined West Ham this summer, so are not short of funds.
The Potters could face competition for Delph if they don’t hurry up a deal, with Newcastle boss Rafa Benítez asking to be kept informed of any developments of a deal.
Delph was left out of Man City’s ongoing tour of the US so that he could try and sort a move away from the club, but for now remains a Manchester City player.