Championship outfit Middlesbrough have reportedly set a €10 million asking price for in-demand midfielder Marten de Roon, according to Italian new outlet Correira dello Sport.
The 26-year old midfielder is wanted by Serie A side Lazio as a potential replacement for Argentina international Lucas Biglia, who could seemingly be on his way to divisional rivals AC Milan in a deal worth a reported €20 million.
De Roon signed at the beginning of last season for Middlesbrough to add depth to the midfield and was one of the most consistent performers in the league for Boro with his 5 goals making him the club’s second top scorer.
The Dutch midfielder’s performances were one of the few positives to be taken from a season most Boro fans will be desperate to forget.
The club were tipped by many to comfortably survive the drop, and with a host of additions including the likes of de Roon, Alvaro Negredo and lightning quick winger Adama Traore to an already solid defence, it looked like this Middlesbrough side had incredible potential.
In reality, a combination of then-manager Aitor Karanka’s negative tactics and a failure to find a second source of goals to aid top scorer Alvaro Negredo led to a 19th placed finish, scoring the least goals and winning the least games of any Premier League team.
Garry Monk is the man tasked with firing Boro back to the top flight, and whilst his incredible work with Leeds gives hope to Boro fans, the inevitable loss of captain Ben Gibson, Alvaro Negredo and now Marten de Roon means the former Swansea boss will be fighting a losing battle from the get-go.