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Middlesbrough set to rival Premier League clubs for 24-year-old centre back

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According to HITC Sport, Marcel Tisserand is on Middlesbrough’s radar this summer.

Middlesbrough are lining up a move for Marcel Tisserand if Ben Gibson departs in the summer transfer window.

Ben Gibson was Boro’s standout player last season as they were relegated from the Premier League.

His fine performances at centre back even led to his first ever England call-up, although he is still yet to feature for the senior side.

The 24-year-old is a major target for West Bromwich Albion, who could return with an improved bid after seeing some earlier efforts to sign him rebuffed.

Boro want to keep Gibson but have drawn up a list of targets if he does leave.

Heading that list appears to be Ingolstadt defender Marcel Tisserand, who is likely to move away from the German side after they were relegated from the Bundesliga last season.

Everton are among a number of Premier League clubs who have shown an interest in the 24-year-old during this transfer window.

Formerly on Monaco, Lens and Toulouse, the DR Congo international is able to play at centre back or as a right back, making him a useful versatile option for Boro.

However, with three years left on his current deal, Ingolstadt want €10m for their prize defender.

The Verdict

Obviously Middlesbrough do not want to lose Ben Gibson but they have very sensibly drawn up a list of alternatives as a contingency plan.

Marcel Tisserand is versatile, young and an all-rounded defender with experience of top flight football in France and Germany.

If Gibson does leave, then Tisserand is more than capable of coming in and partnering Daniel Ayala at the back.

Boro fans – would you like to sign Tisserand if Gibson leaves? Let us know below…


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