Betis close to Barragan

Real Betis are close to securing a deal for Middlesbrough full back Antonio Barragan and a deal could be announced before the end of the week, say reports.

According to Estadio Deportivo and Marca, the 30-year-old is set to arrive at the Seville-based club and will replace Cristiano Piccini, who has left for Sporting Lisbon, in their squad.

Barragan joined Boro last summer for a €2.5m fee from Valencia and started 26 Premier League matches at the Riverside Stadium but was unable to prevent the club’s relegation.

Estadio Deportivo say the transfer will be completed before the end of the week but do not mention a transfer fee, while Marca believe it will initially be a loan deal with an option to buy.

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