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Middlesbrough have put a £25 million price-tag on defender Ben Gibson, according to reports.

TEAMtalk claims new manager Garry Monk is desperate to hold on to his captain amid interest from Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and Stoke City.

The 24-year-old player was one of Middlesbrough’s stand-out players during their short stay in the Premier League which ended with relegation in May.

Gibson is the nephew of the club’s chairman, Steve Gibson, and Middlesbrough¬†are believed value him very highly ever since he was called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate earlier this year.

Spurs are thought to be keen on signing a centre-back this summer. They have been linked with Ajax’s Joel Veltman and Dortmund’s Matthias Ginter — both would be significantly cheaper than Gibson.

But Mauricio Pochettino has an excellent track record of getting the best out of English players. Regardless, £25 million is likely to be deemed too expensive for a player like Gibson.

 

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