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Chelsea favourites ahead of Man City to land key Middlesbrough man

| 29.03.2017

Middlesbrough may be struggling in the Premier League right now, but Ben Gibson’s individual performances have caught the eye of plenty of elite English clubs. In fact, he even received a call-up to the senior England squad last week, replacing the injured Chris Smalling.

Of course, that means his stock is high right now, and Boro may have to accept that the 24-year-old will move on in the summer, as a whole host of sides prepare to do battle for his signature.

But the latest odds are suggesting it’s Chelsea who lead the way right now, with 7/4 on offer for Stamford Bridge to be Gibson’s next port of call.

Just behind Chelsea in the running are Man City at 3/1, who parted ways with just shy of £50m for John Stones’ services last summer.

Though it’s unlikely Gibson would cost anywhere near that sum, any potential buyer would likely have to spend around £25m to secure the defender’s services.

Of course, that fee could fall significantly if Boro fail to avoid the drop. They’d be in no position to demand such a huge sum, and thus plenty of clubs would be preparing to open their chequebooks for the centre-half.

Having added Rob Holding to their ranks last summer and Calum Chambers in 2014, Arsenal are 9/2 to bring in yet another young English defender in Gibson, while a controversial move to Newcastle is priced up at 7/1.

As things stand, Middlesbrough are some five points off safety in the top-flight and as short as 2/9 to go down.

It’s not defensively where the Teesside outfit have struggled though. They’ve conceded just 33 goals this season – only five sides have shipped fewer (four of which are in the top five).

That solidity has largely been down to Gibson, who is yet to miss a minute of top-flight football this season.

But will this be his last year in the north-east?

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.