Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham will face fresh competition from Leicester City over the signing of Middlesbrough’s £30m-rated centre-back Ben Gibson this summer, according to the Mirror.

The 53-year-old told reporters: “There is nothing I can say about that. I know it’s hard because we don’t have a lot of games left, and the teams we’re playing against can be unsafe”.

Valdes’ list of honours includes World Cup and European Championship winners’ medals with his country as well as three Champions League successes and six LaLiga titles as a Barca player.

He added: “You don’t win and achieve like Victor Valdes has done in his career without being focused every day”. You have to have this positivity to keep going. otherwise you won’t win anything. “He is 100 per cent committed at all times“.

City have made Gibson a main priority once the transfer window reopens and will look to take advantage of the fact that the 24-year-old is nearly a certainty to leave the Riverside Stadium should Boro get relegated, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ramirez has missed the last two games with an ankle injury but is set to return when Arsenal visit on Monday evening.

He said: “Ben has had a terrific season and he’s got a fantastic future in front of him”. He’s made more clearances (182) blocked more shots (29) and won more headed duels (51) than any defender across the entire squad which earned him a call-up to the England squad last month.

Agnew will have George Friend and Gaston Ramirez available after injury on Monday evening, but Arsenal loanee Calum Chambers can not play against his parent club.