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Gaston Ramirez set for La Liga switch

Middlesbrough’s Gaston Ramirez looks set to complete a move to La Liga side Real Betis, with reports claiming it could go through at any moment according to Spanish website eldesmarque.com

A fee ranging from €4-6m (£3.5-5.3m) is reported to have been thrashed out between the two clubs.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan international caused a bit of a stir among the Boro faithful last season after handing in a transfer request during the January Transfer Window. Then Boro boss Aitor Karanka turned it down and Ramirez subsequently showed his displeasure, evidence of which appeared to be reflected in his performances.

The former Bologna and Southampton man made his last league start at Bournemouth in April, where two poor bookings after just 20 minutes saw him sent off.

His relationship with the clubs fans has been uneasy ever since, and despite an apparent thawing of the tensions recently, it’s generally thought that most fans would be happy to see him leave.

Garry Monk has included him in pre-season plans, making the trip to Portugal with the squad as well as appearing in three of the clubs four friendly matches so far this summer. It looked as if Monk had wiped the slate clean, allowing him a chance to come back into the fold. However, the general consensus appears to have been that if a suitable offer came in he would be allowed to leave.

It’s widely accepted that Middlesbrough resurrected a career which looked to be going nowhere when he was originally signed on a loan deal from Southampton in January 2016. During the clubs run in to promotion he scored seven goals, proving vital in helping the club back up to the top flight for the first time in seven years.

He found himself recalled to the Uruguay squad, eventually making the move to Boro permanent after they managed to negotiate a release from a pre-contract agreement he’d previously made with Penerol in his homeland.

In total, he’s made 42 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals for the Championship outfit.

About Ian Smith

I'm a thirty-something football fanatic, lover of all things Middlesbrough. Been a fan of The Boro since the ceremonial presenting of a shirt to me by my Dad when I was too young to protest. I'm a keen writer, and my articles will generally be Boro focused. However, depending on the story, I'm happy to write on a wide variety of football issues. You can find me on Twitter @Smithy_MFC84

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