Manchester City rejected a £15m offer from Borussia Dortmund for teenage striker Liam Delap, it has emerged.
Football Insider have reported the bid came in ahead of the 31st August transfer deadline and was immediatley knocked back by City, who see Delap as one for the future at the Etihad Stadium.
Delap, son of former Stoke City defender Rory, was in excellent form last season, finishing top scorer with 23 goals as City stormed to the Premier League 2 title with a 14 point margin.
And Football Insider also claim that City chiefs have stated they did not want to block the youngster’s progress into the first team by signing a new striker and that they don’t want to lose him anytime soon.
And to show his and City’s committment, the striker signed a new contract extention in August, keeping him at the club until at least the summer of 2026.
Delap scored the opening goal in a 2-1 League Cup tie against Bournemouth in September 2020, just 18 minutes into his senior debut, and manager Pep Guardiola is rumoured to be a big admirer of the striker.
City’s failure to sign Spurs striker Harry Kane, or another big name striker, has not impeded too much an their ability to score goals, having hit the back of the net 23 times in 6 games, but Guardiola may turn to the youngster during the long season ahead.