By Alex Stevens
Fabian Delph could be available for transfer in the summer shortly after interest in signing him from Leeds, according to reports.
The Guardian claim the midfielder is one of up to 18 senior players who could be sold by Manchester City as part of a massive overhaul at the end of the season.
This comes just week after the Manchester Evening News reported that Delph’s lack of game time at the Etihad Stadium had sparked interest from Leeds as well as another of his former clubs, Aston Villa, in addition to West Brom and Newcastle.
No January deal transpired but a summer one is increasingly possible given that the midfield kingpin is out of favour under Guardiola.
This could mean that central midfielder Delph is heading for the exit door just two years after his controversial £8million transfer from Villa.
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 Park 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.
Football Insider verdict:
It is probably the understatement of the millennium, but what a signing Delph would be for Leeds. It would, surely, take promotion to the Premier League for Delph to be a viable target for the Yorkshire giants. With the money rolling in and a transformed budget, suddenly Leeds would be able to offer Premier League-sized wages to Premier League-calibre players. There is no doubt of the calibre of the central midfielder, a star graduate of the Leeds academy nearly a decade ago. His technical gifts, energy and game awareness, not to mention his battle-hardened top flight quality, would improve two-thirds of the midfields in the division.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Yorkshire giants are in shock talks to sign a Liverpool attacking player.