Man City striker nearing exit as £20m fee agreed with Premier League side

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Manchester City are set to sell another of their highly rated youngsters for a significant fee.

Manchester City and Ipswich Town have agreed a fee of up to £20m for the transfer of striker Liam Delap.

The forward has spent the last two seasons on loan in the Championship with Stoke City, Preston North End and Hull City. He scored eight goals in 31 league appearances last term for the Tigers and it was always unlikely that he would retain a place in Pep Guardiola’s squad this season.

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There was widespread interest this summer in a player who excelled at underage level and scored eight goals in 10 Premier League 2 appearances in the 2021/22 campaign.

Ipswich appear to have won that race with the Tractor Boys agreeing a deal for an initial £15m, with £5m in add-ons. Southampton - who Delap’s father, Rory, played for - also agreed a fee but the City academy product looks set to complete a move to Suffolk.

The 21-year-old made six senior appearances for City and scored once. He has also represented England at various age groups and played for the Under-21 on five occasions last season.

A move to Ipswich means Delap could face City next month when Kieran McKenna’s side take travel to the Etihad in the second game of the Premier League season.

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Delap’s transfer would help bolster City’s transfer funds along with the departures of Taylor Harwood Bellis to Southampton and Tommy Doyle to Wolverhampton Wanderers this window. Lewis Fiorini also joined Stockport for a fee of up to £1m, while City earned £8.5m from Douglas Luiz’s transfer to Juventus. It means the Blues could earn the guts of £50m this summer without selling a first-team player.

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