Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough are likely to lose three key players due to the attraction of the Premier League, according to the Northern Echo.

Boro’ were relegated from the Premier League last season and newly-appointed manager Garry Monk will have the task of either trying to retain the sought-after players, or use the funds provided to improve the squad.

Adama Traore, Gaston Ramirez and Marten de Roon all look set to return to the Premier League with interest for the respective players high.

Traore could be set for an £8million move to West Ham after the winger’s representatives held talks at the Olympic Stadium at the end of last week. The 21-year-old joined Boro’ from Aston Villa last summer and still has three years on his contract, however it is likely that Monk will allow the player to move for the same price they paid for him.

Premier League champions Chelsea were also keen in Traore at one stage, however Antonio Conte has cooled interest in the winger, promoting West Ham to favourite to sign the player.

Ramirez almost joined Leicester City in January when the Uruguayan submitted a transfer request, however the Boro’ hierarchy refused to allow the move to the King Power Stadium.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions remain interested in the attacking midfielder and it is understood that Monk has agreed a move for Ramirez to join the Foxes.

De Roon played a highly influential role for the Boro’ last season and is regarded as a valuable part of the squad. However, with Lazio and Roma both expressing interest, the potential to win trophies and play in Europe could sway the Dutchman away from the Riverside.

Monk will be forced to replace the outgoing players rapidly should they depart, however the former Swansea and Leeds boss is already outlining plans to sign Kyle Bartley and Britt Assombalonga.


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