Middlesbrough are set to demand a £25milion fee for Dael Fry in an attempt to price Premier League side Burnley out of a deal for the centre back.
Having made his debut for as a 17-year-old back in 2016, Fry has worked his way up to become a regular at the heart of the Boro defence, featuring in 27 of 34 Championship games this season and making 95 appearances overall.
Now 22, the defender is predicted to have a bright future in the game and has attracted interest from the Premier League, in particular Burnley.
The Clarets have reportedly had two bids for Fry turned down already, with an £8million offer rebuffed last summer and a £10million bid failing last month.
And with the Championship side expecting another approach for their academy product from the Lancashire club, a report in the Middlesbrough Gazette suggests that they are set to demand £25million when they do return with another enquiry.
That figure would smash Burnley’s record transfer fee of £15million, which was set when they signed another central defender, Ben Gibson, also from Middlesbrough back in 2018.
That move has not worked out, though, with Gibson playing just six games in the 18 months since making the move to Turf Moor and it was recently revealed that he was to start training with Boro again after being told he has no future with his current club.
Given that Gibson was highly praised for his performances for Boro during their most recent season in the Premier League and received a call up to the England senior squad in March 2017, his misfortunes since leaving the Teessiders club may serve as a warning to Fry if he is considering a move away.
Boro’s plan to fend Sean Dyche’s side off may just have worked though, with the report going on to state that Burnley are unwilling to meet the asking price, while the plan to include a number of add-ons in any transfer which would see the fee rise over time could also prove to be a stumbling block.
It has not completely put them off, with Burnley said to be hopeful of negotiating a cut price deal, however it is likely there will be have to be significant movement from both parties in order for an agreement to be reached.