Leeds transfer news: Delph is a sitting duck under Guardiola

By Wayne Veysey

16th Mar, 2017 | 5:54pm

Fabian Delph is a sitting duck as massive clearout planned - Times

By Alex Stevens

Fabian Delph is set to be part of a massive summer clearout at Manchester City that could include up to 15 senior players, according to a report.

The Times claim manager Pep Guardiola will oversee a major overhaul in the wake of a season that has promised much but failed to live up to expectations.

It is said that big names like Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna are among those in line to be sold.

Guardiola’s aim is for City to be on the same level as European heavyweights like Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but the Times report he has conceded privately that the task is impossible with the squad he has at his disposal.

Others who have been on the fringes under the Spanish manager this season are also in line for summer transfers.

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This could mean that central midfielder Delph is heading for the exit door just two years after his controversial £8million transfer from Aston Villa.

“Swearing loyalty to Aston Villa then swiftly hightailing to the City substitutes’ bench, Delph has made just ten appearances for his club in all competitions this season,” the Times reports of the midfielder after identifying him as a “sitting duck”.

Delph was more involved at City under ex-manager Manuel Pellegrini but has made just 37 appearances in two seasons at the club after giving up the captaincy at Villa to push through a transfer.

Delph made his name at Leeds after graduating from their academy, accumulating 58 appearances in all competitions.

He switched to Villa in 2009 and played 134 times for the club and was promoted to the captaincy before moving to the Etihad Stadium.

In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.

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