Derby County Set For Cash Windfall Following Premier League Transfer

Derby County will receive a cash windfall this summer once Liam Delap’s move to Ipswich Town from Manchester City comes to fruition, according to the latest reports.

The Athletic’s transfer expert David Ornstein revealed yesterday that newly-promoted Ipswich have agreed a £20 million fee with the Premier League champions to sign Delap. The Tractor Boys will cough up £15 million up front with £5 million in add-ons to be paid out if the centre-forward hits certain targets.

Furthermore, Ornstein reported that Southampton had a similar agreement with Man City are were keen to complete a deal for the young striker but the player himself has chosen to move to Portman Road ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. He will complete his medical today and will likely be announced by the East Anglian outfit very soon.

Delap spent the entirety of last season on loan at Hull City where he scored eight goals and recorded two assists in 32 matches in all competitions. While he didn’t set the MKM Stadium alight, clubs in the top-flight saw enough in his ability to warrant a £20 million fee, with Ipswich now set to be the benefactors.

However, Derby County will also benefit from Delap completing his move to the Suffolk-based side. The Derby Telegraph are claiming that the Rams inserted a sell-on clause in the player’s contract once he left the club back in 2019 to join Manchester City, although the outlet does not reveal what the exact figure is that Derby may receive this summer.

This will be the second cash windfall that the club has received in this transfer window after Omari Kellyman’s switch to Chelsea for £19 million last week. Kellyman joined Aston Villa from the Rams in 2022 for just £600,000, but the Derby Telegraph stated that Derby had a sell-on clause of between 10-15% in the youngster’s contract. As a result, the club have netted around £1.9-2.85 million since he moved to Stamford Bridge.

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The importance of sell-on clauses for lower league clubs has reared its beautiful head once more. Just this week, non-league side Maidenhead United revealed they will collect “one of the largest, if not the largest, transfer payments” a club outside the EFL has ever received after their former player Max Kilman completed his £40 million switch to West Ham United from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It is unclear right now just how much Derby County will benefit from Delap’s sale to Ipswich but, combined with their Kellyman money, head coach Paul Warne will have a few million extra to play with this summer because of decisions that were made several years ago.

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