Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly considering a move for Manchester City striker Liam Delap, which could scupper Derby County and Stoke City’s summer hopes.
Football League World revealed earlier this month that Man City were weighing sending the 18-year-old out on loan next season, with Derby, Stoke, and Bournemouth among those interested in doing a deal.
It seems the Championship trio face some tough competition, however, as the Daily Star has reported that the Etihad outfit are braced for Real Madrid to try and sign Delap.
The report claims that the Spanish club’s scouts have been impressed by the Englishman, with Real having made contact to declare an interest and now keeping tabs on his development.
Delap is thought to be highly-rated at the Premier League club, however, with Pep Guardiola bringing him in to train with the senior side regularly and as his contract is set to run until 2023, it is unlikely to be cheap if the LaLiga outfit do look to prize him away.
The teenage striker came through the Derby academy but was snapped up by Man City in 2019.
He’s made a fast start to life in the North West and has been in sublime form for the U23s this season – scoring 20 times in 15 Premier League 2 appearances.
Delap scored his first senior goal in an EFL Cup game against Bournemouth earlier this season, while he has also bagged three goals in two games in the 2020/21 EFL Trophy.
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Real’s interest could spell trouble for the hopes of Derby, Stoke, and Bournemouth.
A loan move for Delap looks like it would be a fantastic bit of business for a Championship club and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to become the next Premier League youngster to score hatfuls in the second tier.
However, if Madrid are successful in prizing him away from the Etihad, sending him back to England on loan seems unlikely to be a next move that is high on their list of priorities.