Everton have officially confirmed the signing of Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, following reports that the 29-year-old had joined the Toffees training camp in Switzerland.
Few expect Delph to stick around at City this season given his depleted role in the side. The 29-year-old managed just 11 Premier League appearances last season, and is likely to have been pushed further down the pecking order in his natural position by the arrival of Rodri.
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As a result, he has been linked with a number of potential moves away, with Everton quickly emerging as perhaps the most realistic, and it was officially confirmed by the Merseyside club on Monday.
The move was pre-empted by reports from Sky Sports who claimed that the England midfielder, who was reinvented as an emergency left-back for Pep Guardiola's purposes in recent years, had been left out of the Manchester City squad who travelled to China for pre-season, and instead linked up with the Toffees in Switzerland.
Negotiations were believed to be ongoing over a £9m transfer, but he has now officially signed, and will take part in the remainder of Everton's pre-season schedule.
He becomes their third summer signing, after goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and the permanent arrival of Andre Gomes, in the days to come.