Everton announced the signing of Fabian Delph from Manchester City on Monday, and fans are already astonished at reports detailing the price of the England international’s move to Goodison Park.
The Three Lions midfielder, who had been nothing more than a fringe option often utilised at left-back by Pep Guardiola with the Sky Blues, has agreed to a contract with the Toffees until the summer of 2022, and officially joined for an undisclosed fee.
Many publications have speculated what the fee in question has been given the Citizens reportedly slapped a £16million asking price on Delph, but Football Insider understand Marcel Brands managed to agree to a £8.5million deal which could rise to £10m through various add-ons.
The board are also thought to have given Delph a substantial pay rise on the £90,000-a-week contract he penned at the Etihad Stadium when he joined City from Aston Villa.
Initially, Football Insider claimed this pay rise was expected to be in the region of £100,000-a-week as Marco Silva and Marcel Brands feels the 29-year-old can be a key player for the club and will be a regular next season. The insider publication have since clarified that the contract in question is as high as £120,000-a-week – the same as Andre Gomes is believed to be earning.
At £120,000-a-week and with a possible £10m transfer fee, Delph’s move to Merseyside will set the club back a staggering £29million over the next three years, but Silva and Brands are confident that the money spent has been well spent given his experience and versatility.
He will now have to compete for his place in the starting XI, but fans reacting to his wage are not entirely convinced his talents justify the wage being reported…