Arsenal are reportedly keeping a close eye on Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The 24 year old has greatly impressed over the past year and his efforts this term led to a call-up to the England set-up, where he impressed with a superb display against Switzerland.
The report states that Aston Villa are battling to keep Fabian Delph and Arsenal are among those closely monitoring the situation of the Englishman. The midfielder has been offered a new deal by the Villans to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.
It further states that he has yet to sign the bumper contract offered, and this has been noted by the Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger and also Roberto Martinez. Wenger is also reportedly keeping tabs on Southampton’s Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin, as well as Borussia Dortmund’s Sven Bender.
Delph arrived at Villa Park in 2009 and he has taken three years to begin delivering on both his promise and his £8 million transfer fee. He is a midfielder who skips past challenges with ease and dribbles around players for fun, unflustered by even the most dogged of pressing. He will represent the complete midfielder, capable of tackling, passing, dictating tempo and shuttling up and down.
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Should we Buy?
The Gunners are lacking in players capable of fulfilling the Villa ball-winner’s role. Mathieu Flamini is perhaps his closest equivalent, a player who drew the ire of the Emirates faithful during the North London derby, when the Frenchman was caught in possession by Eriksen before Nacer Chadli’s opener.
Delph may offer Arsenal more than veteran skipper Mikel Arteta in the long term and has the bite in his challenge whilst also being able to push the play forward into opposition territory, something which the Spaniard certainly lacks.
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