Middlesbrough facing battle to keep Brahimi

According to Foot Mercato, Middlesbrough youngster Bilal Brahimi is a transfer target for Newcastle United, Liverpool and Everton in this summer’s window.

What’s the story?

Middlesbrough impressed for long stages of their 2017-18 Championship season, and ultimately finished in fifth position, which secured a spot in the playoffs.

Tony Pulis’ side lost out to Aston Villa in the semi-finals, however, and are therefore facing at least one more season in the second tier of English football.

As a result, they may find it difficult to keep in-demand players this summer, particularly if interest from the Premier League arrives.

According to Foot Mercato, Middlesbrough will have to hold off interest from Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton if they wish to keep youngster Brahimi at the club this summer.

The 18-year-old is seen as one of the brightest young players in the English game, and it has also been reported that at least three La Liga clubs are closely monitoring developments.

Can Middlesbrough keep him?

Brahimi moved to Middlesbrough from Portuguese outfit Leixoes last summer, and is yet to make his first-team debut for the club despite his obvious talent.

The attacker scored three times in 15 appearances for Middlesbrough’s Under-18 team, however, and also featured for the Under-23 side during the 2017-18 campaign.

The Paris-born teenager can play as a central striker, but has largely operated as a winger during his short time at Middlesbrough.

The length of Brahimi’s contract is currently unclear, but Middlesbrough will find it difficult to keep him if the Premier League trio decide to make a move.

That said, Brahimi really should be looking for first-team football at this stage of his career, and there is absolutely no reason why he cannot play a key role in his current team’s 2018-19 Championship campaign.