Tony Pulis has admitted that he could be powerless to prevent Adama Traore leaving the club this summer.
The Spaniard has been linked with several high-profile clubs this summer - including Newcastle, Chelsea, Wolves, Huddersfield and PSG.
Such interest comes after a fine season which saw the former Barcelona youngster play a starring role as Pulis’ side reached the play-off semi-final.
Interest from some of the larger clubs has wained in recent weeks, although there are still a number of potential suitors.
Reports over the wekeend suggest that newly-promoted Wolves are in pole position and could be set to swoop in an £18m deal. Hudderfield, too, remain keen on a deal.
And Pulis has revealed that his influence on any move could be minimal, with the Boro boss expecting bids to come in for the club’s prize asset.
Although a deal is not thought to be imminent, Pulis said that a large bid may be accepted for a player that he highly values.
When asked if a deal was near, Pulis told the Teesside Gazette: “No, no, no... well we can’t fight it off, if it’s gonna happen it’s gonna happen so he’s a terrific lad and someone who I’ve got the time for and a lot of respect for.
“Obviously I’ve got a soft spot for the kid.”