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Manchester City are plotting a big money swoop for Ben Gibson

According to reports from the Daily Mail, Manchester City are ready to splash the cash in order to acquire the services of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson.

There was understandably a lot of hype surrounding Manchester City last season as Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium in the role as manager and the serial winning Spaniard was expected to bring silverware to the blue half of Manchester as well.

As it turned out though, Guardiola endured a very disappointing debut campaign in England due to the fact that he was unable to guide City any trophy and the best City could show for from last season was a mediocre 3rd place finish in the Premier League table.

To right the wrongs from the previous campaign, Guardiola has now made a drastic overhaul of his squad by offloading ageing as well as unwanted players such as Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Enes Unal, Aaron Mooy, Fernando, Aleksandar Kolarov and Kelechi Iheanacho.

On the other side of the spectrum, City have made a number of exciting signings in the form of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Ederson and Danilo for an outlay of well over £200million and Guardiola still does not seem to be done with his business in the transfer market as of yet.

Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe has strongly been linked with a move to City in recent times and now according to reports from the Daily Mail, even Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has emerged into the radar of the Spanish boss.

Despite Middlesbrough’s relegation into the Championship, Gibson was one of the shining lights for Boro last season and a host of clubs have expressed their interest in signing the Englishman during the current window.

However, Boro are not keen on selling Gibson and are already said to have rejected a big in excess of £20million for the 24-year-old from West Bromwich Albion.

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk had said about Gibson’s future, “From day one, it was very clear we don’t have to sell any player. I said all along it would have to be an extraordinary offer for any player to leave and we don’t want our important players to leave.”

However, Manchester City have now turned their attention towards signing Gibson and they certainly have the financial might as well as the luring capacity to attract the English centre-back to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

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