The news that dominated Aston Villa across the weekend was that Manchester City would make a bid for Fabian Delph because Delph’s new contract had a £10-12 million buy-out clause. This clause was allegedly part of a compromise between Lerner and Delph, so if a Champions League team did make an offer for Delph he could leave the club but at the same time, repaying Aston Villa for his services. Delph signed a new four and a half year deal back in January of this year. A sign that showed that Delph was loyal and that Aston Villa could keep their top players. But these recent reports have made be a bit nervous.
Manchester City are desperate to sign English players. Having released the likes of James Milner, Micah Richards and selling Rodwell and Sinclair, Man. City don’t have enough English players to match the quota. City have been rumoured to be interested in signing Sterling and Wilshire. Unfortunately both Liverpool and Arsenal are demanding ridiculous fees for the pair. That does leave City short on options. City have been alerted by Delph because he has been featuring regularly in the England squad for the majority of the season and if there is a buy-out clause, it’s remarkable cheap and City would be foolish not to make an offer.
But what about for the reasons against these reports. There hasn’t been too much written in the tabloids but among Aston Villa fans, many can’t possible believe that fact that Aston Villa would include such a buy-out clause for what is undoubtedly our best midfielder. The only logical understanding of a buy-out clause was if Aston Villa did in fact relegated, then a release clause would be justifiable. And reason would be that perhaps the likes of Sinclair and Richards could convince Delph that a move to Man. City is not good for your own personal career.
Losing both Benteke and Delph would be an utter disaster. Especially since Aston Villa are yet to bring in their own replacements. If Villa sell first before buying, than the club will be held for ransom on transfer fees because clubs will know that Aston Villa would have money to spend following the sale of Benteke and/or Delph. I have accepted the fact that Villa can lose one of their better players. But both? Absolutely no way.