Middlesbrough have garnered a reputation for big spending this summer following a spree that is now in excess of £30 million, but the north east club could be set to recoup the majority of this expenditure if they allow England defender Ben Gibson to depart the club before the transfer window closes in September.
West Brom have already seen three bids rejected for the player, and are reported to be considering returning with a fourth offer in the region of £30 million.
Garry Monk has a tough decision to make regarding the future of Gibson, who is the nephew of Boro chairman, Steve Gibson.
The club have no need to sell, but such a significant offer for an academy graduate will certainly turn the heads of those in charge.
WIth another £30 million at their disposal, Boro could further strengthen to ensure they return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and a lot of consideration will go into any bid that matches Boro’s valuation of their star defender.
Gibson will excell in the second tier once more, but will know his chances of further England caps may be limited whilst plying his trade in the division.
Whatever happens this summer in regards to Gibson’s future, Middlesbrough will benefit.
A huge lump sum will be given to Garry Monk to further improve his side, or the former Leeds boss will be able to call upon the services of an England international.
It will take a sizeable offer for Middlesbrough to part with their defender, but despite being in a tier below, the Teesside club really are under no pressure to sell.
Keep him or cash in, Boro fans?