Everton have signed midfielder Fabian Delph from Manchester City on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old England international, who joined City from Aston Villa in 2015, joins for an undisclosed fee.
He told Everton’s website: “Every time I have played against Everton, whether it was home or away, straight away the first thing that comes to mind when you see the fans is passion.
“You are always going to hear Evertonians and I’m excited to play at home and hear them when I am playing.”
Delph added: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m going to give absolutely everything – nothing less than 100 per cent.
“Hopefully we can push together, fans and players, to do something special.”
The midfielder, who has been utilised at left-back by Pep Guardiola during his time at City, began his career at Leeds before spending six years with Aston Villa.
Delph has been part of the Manchester City squad that has won successive Premier League titles in the past two seasons and Everton manager Marco Silva hopes he can bring some of that experience to the Toffees’ dressing room.
“When I look to bring a new player into our squad, the first thing I look for above all the other things is quality and Fabian is a player with high quality,” Silva said.
“But what they can bring to our dressing room is also important and if you can put those two things together then that can only be good for the club.”
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What the papers say
Leicester have promised Harry Maguire that he can leave if Manchester United or Manchester City fork out a world-record fee for a defender, the Daily Telegraph reports. The Foxes want between £80million and £90millon for the England centre-back, which would be higher than the £75million Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil Van Dijk in January last year, the paper adds.
Manchester United’s David De Gea is set to sign a new long-term contract worth £375,000-a-week when the side return from their pre-season tour, according to the Daily Mail. The new deal would make the 28-year-old, who is in the final year of his current contract, the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world.
In other Red Devils news, the club are set to launch a concrete bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes over the next three weeks, the Independent claims. Approaches from Old Trafford have already been rebuffed by the Portuguese side, and United will likely have to bid well over £50million to land the 24-year-old, the paper adds. According to the Daily Mirror, Sporting want closer to £70million for their prized asset.
Leroy Sane is unlikely to leave Manchester City this summer as Bayern Munich have given up hope of completing a £100million deal for the winger, according to reports. The Daily Mail says reports in Germany suggest the Bundesliga champions have accepted the transfer will not happen this season.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are said to be sceptical about landing Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, the Daily Star says. United are said to be playing hardball and demanding £75million for the forward.
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Real Madrid’s emphatic start to this summer’s transfer market has stolen football’s attention.
An extensive rebuild promised to returning head coach Zinedine Zidane has already seen – including deals previously agreed – more than €300 million spent on the likes of mesmerising Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard, promising Eintracht Frankfurt forward Luka Jovic and emerging Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy.
There is still the promise of even more to come, with links to €150m-rated Manchester United centre midfielder Paul Pogba refusing to go away.
This splurge is sure to transform Los Blancos’ expectations after they claimed just the Club World Cup in 2018/19. But how does it compare to previous ones?
We’ve looked back through the past five decades to select the most-consequential pre-season spending sprees. Here is the pick of the 2010s:
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (2017)
Key arrivals: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe (loan), Dani Alves
Honourable mentions: Borussia Dortmund (2010 – Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski, Lukasz Piszczek), Manchester City (2010 – David Silva, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli, Aleksandar Kolarov, James Milner, Jerome Boateng), Barcelona (2014 – Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo), Manchester City (2017 – Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Ederson)
An earthquake occurred in the European transfer market two summers ago – and its aftershocks continue to cause rampant disruption.
In either a fit of pique caused by Barcelona’s unwanted overtures for Italy midfielder Marco Verratti or barefaced show of ambition, PSG seismically reset all expectations about the cost of elite footballers. This decision to pay the €222 million release clause in Neymar’s contract, despite Gerard Pique’s infamous “se queda” (“he stays”) tweet, more than doubled the world transfer record set a year prior when Manchester United bought Paul Pogba back from Juventus.
To put the precipitous jump into context, the landmark figure last increased by a similar percentage in 1932.
But the Parisians were not content with that. Not even close.
The final day of their astonishing pre-season assault witnessed a loan move for Monaco and France teenager Kylian Mbappe. Contained within the agreement was a permanent option set at €145m plus €35m in add-ons.
The anointed successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by football’s hottest property. In the same transfer window and at prices – both present and future – that would make them clearly the two grandest fees ever lavished.
PSG had even begun the window in emphatic fashion, blowing fellow big-spenders Manchester City out of the water for coveted free agent Dani Alves. Pep Guardiola had been convinced that a reunion with his esteemed Barca right-back was assured.
The impact of PSG’s sensational business has been keenly felt.
Rapid hyper-inflation saw Barca, alone, forced to splurge combined fees that could total almost €300m on replacements Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. They are far from the only club affected by a startling rise in recruitment costs.
Domestically, Ligue 1 supremacy was assured after Monaco heaped embarrassment upon them in 2016/17.
They have, however, twice been knocked out in the Champions League’s round of 16. Gaping holes elsewhere in the squad could not be plugged because of strenuous – and self-induced – Financial Fair Play problems.
All that glitter has not turned, definitively, into gold.