According to the agent of Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, Middlesbrough are eyeing the Czech Republic international on a permanent deal having already had him on loan, The Sun reports.
Kalas has spent 16 months on loan on Teesside, helping Boro win promotion to the Premier League in the process.
His agent says his client wants to stay in England and cited Boro’s interest, telling The Sun: “Kalas wants to stay in England next season, preferably in the Premier League. He is happy at Chelsea but Middlesbrough are interested.”
Kalas would be a good signing for Boro, although they may find Chelsea unwilling to allow him to leave permanently while fellow centre-back Papy Djilobodji is seemingly out of favour.
The 27-year-old only arrived at Stamford Bridge 12 months ago, yet he immediately found first-team opportunities hard to come by and was subsequently loaned out to Werder Bremen.
In the Bundesliga, Djilobodji displayed plenty of ability at the back for the struggling side and played a key role in helping the club stay up, averaging an impressive 4.1 interceptions and 5.9 clearances per match.
Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji during a loan spell at Werder Bremen
Boro, under the guidance of Aitor Karanka, set up in a defensive manner and rely on team structure, organisation and determination in order to keep clean sheets and pick up valuable points.
Djilobodji, standing at 6ft 4inch, has all the attributes needed to flourish in the Premier League and he has experience of top flight football from spells both in France and Germany.
He would make a superb addition for Boro, and with the Teesside club in the market for a new centre-back to provide competition for places he could be available at a potential bargain price too.