Man City close to signing Liverpool transfer target as club buy midfield replacement

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Manchester City are on the verge of completing a deal for Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph with the England international having allegedly agreed a long-term contract.

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BBC Sport report that the Claret and Blue Army have signed Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye – who could potentially be Delph’s replacement – hinting that Tim Sherwood could be preparing for life without the 25-year-old.

In a recent update, according to the Express, the Villa Park midfielder has agreed terms on a long-term contract worth £100,00o-per-week with Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The England international has a release-clause of £8 million, and has informed his current team-mates that he wishes to leave this summer – despite a potentially limited role in Manchester – the Daily Mail report.

The former Leeds United starlet was previously linked with a move to Liverpool in the January window [via the Mirror].

The Citizens appear to have made addressing their homegrown quota a priority in this summer’s transfer window, reports suggest.

James Milner, Frank Lampard, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards have all sealed an Etihad exit since the close of the season, which has increased the club’s need to recruit English talent before the start of the new campaign.

Joe Hart is now the sole homegrown player in Pellegrini’s senior squad.

Manchester City have also made two bids for the Reds’ Raheem Sterling – the first £25m, the second £40m – which have both been rejected by Brendan Rodgers, Sky Sports confirmed.

The Three Lions youngster is valued at £50m, and Sky Sports state that Rodgers will refuse to sell for less, which appears to have cooled the Sky Blues’ interest over the past few weeks – although a third bid is rumoured to be expected.

In addition, Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been on Pellegrini’s radar [via Sky Sports]; however, Arsene Wenger has previously insisted that the 23-year-old will not be sold [via the London Evening Standard].

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