Benjamin Gibson set for a summer move away from Middlesbrough?
Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson seems set for a summer move away from Middlesbrough with a host of Premier League clubs vying for his signature.
Ben Gibson has been in sensational form for Middlesbrough this season playing every minute of their 28 league matches so far.
The 24-years-old who can play both as a centre-back and left-back has been a regular first team player for Boro ever since the 2013-14 season when the club played in the Championship.
Gibson’s defensive abilities have made a huge impression on the bigger clubs in his first ever season in the Premier League. England manager Gareth Southgate rewarded him with an England call-up for their World Cup qualifying game against Lithuania in place of the injured Chris Smalling.
According to Daily Mail, Liverpool are in pole position to sign as their scout Jonathan Woodgate is very close to Gibson and knows about his abilities during their time together at the Riverside Stadium. Elsewhere The Chronicle suggests that Newcastle United and West Ham United are also keeping a close look on the 24-year-old.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is also said to be a big fan of the young defender having scouted him excessively this season. He was further impressed by Gibson when they took on Middlesbrough in the FA Cup quarter-final where he played a key role. Pep admires Gibson’s ball playing quality and reportedly sees him as a potential partner for John Stones. Stones and Gibson are familiar with each other well having played together for England at the U-21 level.
The club currently sit in 19th position in the league table having garnered a meager twenty-two points from 28 matches loosing half of them and winning just four. Manager Aitor Karanka was also sacked recently and as things seem Middlesbrough are destined for a relegation to the Championship.
While hoping to keep his service for at least another season, the club have admitted to the fact that they would be helpless if Gibson decides to leave amidst a better offer or owning to a probable fear of relegation. But any potential suitor must fork out a sum of £25m or more for one of the most coveted English defenders right now.