Middlesbrough are ready to sell centre-back Dael Fry, but only for at least £20 million, according to 90min.com.
A number of clubs including Everton, Southampton and West Brom are keen on the defender ahead of the summer transfer window opening.
Fry has been one of Boro’s standout stars this season amid what has been a very disappointing campaign for Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
But, is Fry worth £20 million?
The team here at Football League World offer their thoughts….
I’m not so sure.
This time last year I’d have said that Boro could have easily got that kind of money for him, given the way the market was, but financial conditions have changed and there won’t be as many sides wanting to fork that out.
Yes, it’s not an astronomical fee and clubs will still be able to afford it if they want to, but it could be the case that he suddenly becomes one of two main signings at a club, rather than one of five.
Teams will need to be careful with what they spend in the summer and I just think, in that sense, he is not worth that any more – it’s all relative now thanks to how things have changed financially.
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Fry is a very good defender, but I do question whether he’s worth that sort of money.
If you look at someone like Ben White in the Championship, he’s been head and shoulders above Fry this season and it has made me doubt just how good Fry is.
There’s talent there and obviously Boro will want to get what they can out of a potential sale, but £20m might well be pushing it.
It’s hard to say what the future holds for Fry, but a buyer at that price, in this market, might be tough.
Fry is an impressive young prospect and it’s no surprise to me that the North East club want £20 million for him.
The 22-year-old is already a key man for Boro, so they’re going to want to be seriously compensated if he does leave.
A solid defender, who reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball, Fry has many of the characteristics you’d look for in a centre-back.
If he can keep developing, Fry could become a very impressive player. While £20m isn’t cheap, it could be a smart investment.