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Manchester City give green light for the departure of young striker

Published: Updated: 18:00, 9 Jul 2024
Cityzens have reportedly accepted bids worth £20m for Liam Delap from Ipswich and Southampton

Manchester City, the Premier League champions, is making significant strides in its summer transfer strategy. The club has agreed to a £20m fee for young striker Liam Delap, marking a key decision by manager Pep Guardiola. Despite not having made any new additions to their squad yet, the team is progressing with outgoings.

Delap is currently contemplating whether to join Ipswich or Southampton after both Premier League newcomers offered up to £20m for him. Ipswich secured an automatic promotion spot last season under former United coach Kieran McKenna and are looking to maintain their momentum with the recent signing of Omari Hutchison from Chelsea for £20m.

Last week, Delap held talks at Ipswich’s training ground as he weighs his options. On the other hand, Southampton has a history of signing young talent from Manchester City including Romeo Lavia, Shea Charles and Sam Edozie. They recently added Taylor Harwood-Bellis for £20m after his contribution helped them secure promotion back into the Premier League.

The initial fee remains undisclosed but both clubs' bids are worth up to £20m with add-ons that include a 20% sell-on and buyback clause. After demonstrating his potential during a loan spell at Hull City last season in the Championship matches, 21-year-old Delap now faces an important decision about where he will start next season - Southampton or Ipswich.

Manchester City's profitable homegrown talent

Over the past two seasons alone, Manchester City has generated over £150 million from homegrown talent sales and this trend seems set to continue this summer with Delap following Harwood-Bellis’ move along with Tommy Doyle at Wolves and Lewis Fiorini at Stockport.

In addition to these transfers, Man City also profited around £5 million from a sell-on clause inserted into the deal that saw Douglas Luiz move from Aston Villa to Juventus. Despite these outgoings, City manager Pep Guardiola has yet to add any new players to his squad this summer. However, it is expected that Savio will sign from fellow City Football Group Troyes following his participation with Brazil in the Copa America matches.

Guardiola’s strategy appears focused on nurturing and selling young talent while maintaining a strong core team. This approach not only generates significant revenue for the club but also provides opportunities for young players to develop their skills and gain experience in different leagues.Manchester City's summer transfer decisions reflect a strategic focus on leveraging homegrown talent. Whether Liam Delap chooses Ipswich or Southampton, his potential contribution will be eagerly anticipated by sports fans and betting enthusiasts alike.

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