Promoted directly to the Premier League by finishing second in the Championship, Middlesbrough are keeping an eye on the transfer as they seek to bolster their squad for the tough season ahead.

Already surprising many by snapping up young Viktor Fischer from Ajax, Boro have now apparently turned their attention to Serie A if Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed.

The Premier League club, who open their campaign against Stoke at the Riverside on the 13th of August, are keeping an eye on Atalanta’s Marten de Roon.

The 25-year-old defensive midfielder only signed from SC Heerenveen last summer, but impressed greatly over 37 appearances, picking up a goal and two assists, which has led to Aitor Karanka adding him to his watch list.

Purchased for around £1m, you would expect Atalanta to want to make a profit from his sale if Middlesbrough start pushing for a deal, but this transfer certainly wouldn’t be breaking any fee records if it happened.