Only last summer, Bayern Munich attempted a deal for Reading's Omar Richards.
Indeed, the 2020/21 season has seen a number of Championship players put themselves in the shop window for a big move this summer.
It remains to be seen whether Middlesbrough look to invest in further talent this summer.
But if they do, Boro will look to dip into the Championship to snap up some shrewd signings on potentially bargain deals.
Here, we take a look at some of the Championship brightest young starlets stars who the Boro could target in the upcoming summer transfer window:
1. Omar Richards - Reading
As previously mentioned, the Reading wing-back was targeted by Bayern Munich last summer and could be set for a move in the next transfer window.
Photo: Bryn Lennon
2. Ivan Toney - Brentford
28 Championship goals. Nine assists. The £30m former Newcastle United goal-machine will be on a fair few transfer shortlists this summer if Brentford don't win promotion.
Photo: Justin Setterfield
3. David Brooks - AFC Bournemouth
The technically-gifted midfielder has continued to see his career hampered by injury, but he's got a bright future ahead of him once he overcomes his ankle problems.
Photo: Mike Hewitt
4. Adam Armstrong - Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle United missed an absolute trick letting their youth academy product go. He's scored 19 goals in the Championship so far this season.
Photo: Clive Mason