Betis sign Barragan on permanent deal

Real Betis defender Antonio Barragan has joined the club on a permanent basis from Middlesbrough after his contract clause was triggered.

The 30-year-old joined Los Verdiblancos on a season-long loan from the English club last summer, but a clause existed that a further two-year contract would be activated.

Barragan joined Boro in 2016 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 last season.

The right-back has started 28 La Liga matches for Quique Setien’s side last campaign and helped the club return to the Europa League with a top-six finish.

He becomes the second signing for the club this summer after the signing of Eibar midfielder Takashi Inui.

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