Wednesday 29 March 2017

Delph does U-turn on £8m move to City

A week after dramatically pulling out of a move to the Etihad Stadium, Aston Villa's Fabian Delph will complete his move to Manchester City
A week after dramatically pulling out of a move to the Etihad Stadium, Aston Villa's Fabian Delph will complete his move to Manchester City

Mark Ogden

Fabian Delph will complete his £8m transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester City today - seven days after dramatically pulling out of a move to the Etihad Stadium.

The England midfielder, who signed a new four-year contract in January, left City stunned last Saturday by his decision to abandon transfer talks and stay with Villa.

However, Villa's decision to sell Belgian forward Christian Benteke to Liverpool for £32.5m - a move which is likely to be completed over the weekend - is believed to have led Delph to make contact with City through his representatives to resurrect the transfer.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini and his squad are on Australia's Gold Coast on their pre-season tour, but club officials in Manchester have restarted the transfer process with Delph and the 25-year-old began a medical yesterday.

Escape

With Delph's wife, Natalie, due to give birth to their second child, the player did not travel to Portugal with Villa for a pre-season training camp last week and he may also miss City's tour.

But having agreed personal terms with the former Leeds United youngster last week after meeting his £8m Villa escape clause, City are confident that a deal will be concluded quickly for Delph to be added to £49m signing Raheem Sterling.

Sterling could make his first appearance for City since completing his transfer from Liverpool, against Melbourne City today, after training with his new team-mates, with manager Manuel Pellegrini forecasting that the 20-year-old will add pace and variety to the City team.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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