Everton have completed the signing of Fabian Delph from Manchester City in a deal which could be worth up to £10 million.
Manager Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands completed negotiations on a three-year deal over the weekend to secure the England midfielder in a bargain deal. Delph has already joined Everton’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland.
The 29-year-old was entering the final year of his contract at The Etihad, so City have opted to cash in now rather than lose Delph on a Bosman transfer in 2020.
It is a significant purchase for Silva, adding experience into his midfield where Delph should complement the silky skills of Andre Gomez. Silva says adding a title winner to his line-up will add valuable experience to the squad. There was plenty of competition for Delph’s signature, Everton paying an initial £8.5 million with the rest in add-ons.
Delph decided to move on from City after they recruited Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri in a club record deal, further limiting the England man’s chances of featuring in his favoured role in the season ahead.
“I’m really happy to be here, I’m going to give absolutely everything – nothing less than 100 per cent,” Delph told Everton’s website.
“Hopefully we can push together, fans and players, to do something special.
“The club that I’ve been at has had success, especially in the last two seasons, but over the last four years we managed to win trophies. I wanted to be playing more regularly and the opportunity to come and play for Everton was too good of an opportunity to turn down.
“I’m hungry. I don’t like losing. I see myself as a winner. I’m at an age now where I am probably one of the most experienced players, so hopefully I can bring that and try to help my teammates here to do better. “Ultimately, the goal is to win something. I’ve not come here just to be here – I’ve come here with ambitions to win things.”
Silva said he was thrilled to add a player of Delph’s pedigree.
“When I look to bring a new player into our squad, the first thing I look for above all the other things is quality and Fabian is a player with high quality,” said Silva. “But what they can bring to our dressing room is also important and if you can put those two things together then that can only be good for the club. “Fabian is a player that can give us different solutions in our midfield because he can play in more than one position and that is important for us.”