Manchester City’s Fabian Delph could be one of many to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer as part of a mass clear-out by boss Pep Guardiola, according to The Guardian.

Earlier in the season, the Manchester Evening News reported that Leeds United had been monitoring the midfielder in an attempt to bring the 27-year-old back to Elland Road, but no January deal was struck.

However, with the former Whites fan-favourite still unable to break into the Citizens starting XI, the Yorkshire club could be prepared to stage a post-season swoop for the England international.

The Bradford-born ball-winner joined the Championship side’s youth academy at the age of 11, and went on to represent the club’s first-team 58 times in all competitions.

But following a string of fine performances, the then-European challengers Aston Villa were the ones to coax Delph away from Leeds in 2009.

The highly-touted youngster went on to play 134 times for the Villans, and was awarded the captains armband at Villa Park before his controversial £8 million switch to Manchester City.

However, since his arrival in the north west the former-Whites defensive-minded midfielder has made just 37 appearances over two seasons – and only 10 this campaign – leaving speculation surrounding the out-of-favour Englishman’s future.

If the play-off contenders were to reach the Premier League, the 27-year-old would be the perfect strengthening option for Liam Bridcutt – who during his time at Sunderland showed he may not be cut-out to contend with England’s elite.


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