According to TEAMtalk, Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry is attracting attention from Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur.
The 22-year old defender has been a mainstay in the Middlesbrough side since returning from injury, and has captained the side numerous times so far this campaign.
The report suggests the centre back is worth £20 million, and with Burnley having a £8 million bid rejected in the summer, it is believed Middlesbrough are holding out for something more substantial; an amount which Spurs and Manchester City could both certainly part with.
TEAMtalk states that the Teessiders fear losing one of their prized assets, and after seeing their captain Ben Gibson leave the club last summer in a big money move to Burnley, they will want to keep hold of another of their academy products.
Boro are light in numbers in defence at present too, with injuries to George Friend and Hayden Coulson, as well as utility man Jonny Howson also out after a hernia operation. Unless they could bolster their options, Jonathan Woodgate’s side will not want to sell the player unless a big bid came in for Fry.
A lot has been said of Manchester City’s defensive worries at present, with Aymeric Laporte out until February, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are the only fit central defenders at Pep Guardiola’s disposal. Fry could present Pep with a long term option in the back four.
Equally, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld at Spurs aren’t getting any younger at 32 and 30 years old respectively, and could bring in Fry as one for the future.