Report: Liverpool and Manchester City eye Ben Gibson

Middlesbrough youngster Ben Gibson has reportedly been attracting interest from the Premier League’s elite.

Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester City are set to go head-to-head in a bid to sign highly-rated Middlesbrough youngster Ben Gibson this summer, the Mirror reports.

The versatile defender has been a mainstay in the Boro side this season as Aitor Karanka’s men push for a return to the Premier League via the Championship’s automatic promotion places.

At just 19 years of age, Gibson has made 28 Championship starts so far this campaign and his performances have earned him international recognition at Under-21 level.

Rated as highly as £10 million, his steep price tag isn’t likely to warn off potential suitors as the FA pushes towards new rules on homegrown players, causing the top flight’s biggest clubs to scour the best English talent.

“Liverpool and Manchester City are set to battle for Middlesbrough starlet Ben Gibson. Gibson - who can play full-back as well as in central defence - could command a fee as high as £10million and it is understood that City have joined Liverpool and will step up interest in the summer,” the report states.

Should Ben Gibson look to move on at this stage of his career?

Similarly to Derby County’s Will Hughes, Boro’s Ben Gibson will only progress by playing regular first-team football and where better to do that than at his home club in a comfortable environment?

Furthermore, with the Riverside outfit looking a good bet for promotion, there is every opportunity that he can aid his development further by becoming a Premier League regular as early as next season.

There is seemingly no need to rush a move, not least when he is not guaranteed to be part of either Liverpool or City’s first-team squad given the heavy competition for places.

While it would be tough to resist any approach from Liverpool or Manchester City, Gibson may just be better off staying put.

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