Middlesbrough midfielder Morgan Rogers has been the subject of interest from the Premier League this winter, namely from Champions League chasers Aston Villa.
The Villans have submitted two bids so far for the 22-year-old. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported that Rogers has become a top target for Villa boss Unai Emery who is hoping to complete a deal before the January transfer window draws to a close in less than two weeks.
Romano also revealed that the Midlands club submitted an offer for the former Bournemouth man on Thursday, with the player said to be excited by the opportunity of potentially joining the unprecedented Premier League title challengers.
However, the first bid was rejected, leaving Aston Villa to up the ante by submitting a second offer for Rogers. However, as was reported by The Telegraph’s John Percy, Middlesbrough rejected a second bid for the young playmaker.
Now, according to Simon Jones in The Daily Mail, Aston Villa have put in a third bid which is “significantly improved” compared to the previous one. Furthermore, The Independent revealed on Saturday evening that Boro are holding out for at least £10 million for the midfielder, having signed him during the summer for just £1 million.
Rogers still has a contract at the Riverside Stadium until 2027, meaning Middlesbrough hold all the cards right now. The player has made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Teesside club this term under head coach Michael Carrick and has scored six goals and recorded nine assists.
⚽️ Morgan Rogers has been directly involved in more goals (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists) than any other player in the Carabao Cup this season pic.twitter.com/l8PasDyrnq
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 19, 2024
Middlesbrough may be forced to accept a third offer for Rogers if the bid matches their asking price or is even over the £10 million threshold. However, given his importance to the team, this would be a significant loss for Carrick.
If Boro want to ever return to the Premier League again, they need to try holding on to their best players and losing Rogers would be yet another blow to the team’s hopes of getting into the top six and potentially getting promoted back to the top-flight.