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Manchester City round-up: Middlesbrough defender targeted; four-way tussle for Lemar; Welshman linked

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is currently weighing up whether to make a move for Middlesbrough’s highly-talented centre-back Ben Gibson, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

It is understood that the Spaniard has been an admirer of the 24-year-old for a few months now despite Middlesbrough’s relegation and could potentially test their resolve with a first formal offer.

Yet after West Brom, according to the report, have already had two offers around the £20million mark turned down it’s thought that Middlesbrough would only sell if an ‘exceptional’ offer came in.

After receiving his first England call-up in March, replacing the injured Chris Smalling in the squad, Gibson knows that he needs to be playing in the Premier League if he wants to earn a 2018 World Cup spot.

Further up the pitch, reports surfacing from the Mirror late on Saturday night believe that Manchester City have joined a four-way battle to sign Monaco’s midfield sensation Thomas Lemar.

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The report alleges that Arsenal, Liverpool and now Barcelona are all vying for the 21-year-old’s signature this summer, with it thought that there is a valuation of around £50million on his head.

Arsene Wenger’s side have always seemingly been the frontrunners to sign the exciting winger, already having more than one offer of above £40 million rejected, according to French news outlet L’Equipe, but the arrival of both Manchester City and Barcelona in the race could now make things interesting.

The French international played an influential part of Monaco’s surprise season last year, helping them win the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi-final stage by scoring 11 times.

Lastly, shock reports surfacing from Spain over the course of the weekend have claimed that Manchester City have suddenly shown interest in Real Madrid’s £90 million forward Gareth Bale.

Don Balon allege that Guardiola is keeping tabs on the 28-year-old’s situation, with the report suggesting that Zinedine Zidane may have to sell Bale to fund a big-money move for Kylian Mbappe.

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The 18-year-old Monaco sensation has been the subject of increasing speculation throughout the summer transfer window to date, with fellow Spanish publication AS claiming just a few days ago that representatives from the La Liga giants have already met with Mbappe’s father ahead of a deal.

And should a move from Monaco to Real Madrid become a reality, the current Champions League holders would need to sell one of their main players – likely to be Bale – to help with Mbappe’s cost.

The former Tottenham man has scored 67 goals in 150 appearances since moving to the Spanish capital, but has struggled for consistent game-time in recent seasons due to ongoing injury issues.

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