Fabian Delph: Arsenal keen on landing the Aston Villa star.
Delph Stalled contract talks with Villa Encourages Arsenal.
Negotiations between Aston Villa and Fabian Delph over a new contract has hit some brick wall, giving Arsenal and Everton more hope of signing him.
Arriving in 2009, Delph has become one of the giants of Paul Lambert’s midfield at Aston Villa, forming the spine of the team with the likes of Brad Guzan, captain Ron Vlaar and Gabriel Agbonlahor. Impressive performances for Villa this season, following from strong outings which saw Villa safe in the League last term, have earned him back-to-back International caps with Roy Hodgson’s England. It now appears the midfielder will be keen to test his might in a bigger club which will offer him the chance to stake a claim for a more regular place in the England’s midfield, and Everton and Arsenal have been touted as his likely destination after the two clubs have been on his trail all summer.
Injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Mikel will likely see Wenger consider a January bid as sensible, giving the growing crater in the Arsenal midfielder. Abou Diaby has been identified by Wenger as one of those who will provide some solidity in the team, but he is still far from fitness after so many months out from competitive football. With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain considered a wide man, Wlishere and Rosicky are the other options on the central midfield department – and they are obviously not enough, with both having records of recurring injuries, Wilshere even now been currently under assessment.
The English International currently earns around £40,000-a-week and Aston Villa are desperate to tie the 26 year old to a new contract which is sure to include some hefty buy out fee. However, with his current deal to run out in the summer, they may be under pressure to cash-in on him during the winter window rather than let him go on a free. English players are now available at a premium means Villa could recoup some good fee from Arsenal even in January, probably not as much as the £24 million received from City for James Milner.
Delph has the attributes to fit into Arsene Wenger’s set up as his energy and work-rate make him one who is never lost in a game. A left-footed player, he is able to take chances with his right foot with a good measure of accuracy. As an English lad, he is sure to develop good understanding with fellow England teammates Chamberlain and Wilshere in the Arsenal midfield, also carrying it on into the Three Lions. His England debut against Norway at Wembley saw him in his combative cloak, hacking and hassling, albeit recklessly. Nevertheless, it showed an essential ingredient of his game on the defensive front. He is able to put in a shift for the team to cover the defence while, at the same time, making bursting runs into the opponents’ area.
Villa’s resistance to let him go, Delph’s reluctance to stay, or Arsenal’s persistence in taking him; It is to be seen which will prevail.
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