Five Spanish signings for Middlesbrough this winter
Talk of Spanish signings for Middlesbrough is common, given their head coach is Aitor Karanka.
The winter window is no exception on the speculation front, as the Mirror claims Karanka could go in for compatriots.
Boro already boast five Spaniards on their books in Daniel Ayala, Antonio Barragan, Alvaro Negredo, Adama Traore and Victor Valdes.
Although a best-price 1/6 with BetVictor to stay up, The Riverside outfit are taking no chances over Premier League relegation.
Karanka seeks attacking reinforcements to ensure his Teesside team avoid the drop.
Middlesbrough are the joint-lowest Premier League scorers with 17 goals after 20 games, with Negredo netting five.
If that doesn’t change, then Boro are in danger of going down – a 9/2 chance with Betfred.
So, with that in mind, what Spanish signings for Middlesbrough would suit? FootyOn pick out five players:
Karanka’s top target is Stoke City and former Barcelona forward Bojan after confirming interest in the 26-year-old.
“I like to bring players who can play in different positions, so we will try,” Karanka said when asked about Bojan.
“I know Bojan, because he was in the national team. He is a good player, he has played in AC Milan, Barcelona, Ajax, Rome, Stoke – so he is a good player.”
That ringing endorsement, coupled with a lack of first-team football at the Potters, might be enough to bring Bojan to Boro.
Featuring in just four Premier League games since mid-September, Bojan could seek a winter move for regular top-flight action.
Averaging around one goal in every four games for Stoke, Bojan may be a better bet to play off the front than Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez.
Ramirez isn’t chipping in with as many goals for Middlesbrough in the Premier League as he did in the Championship.
Despite serious injury to Yannick Bolasie, fellow winger Deulofeu is out of favour at Everton under Ronald Koeman.
The 22-year-old hasn’t featured in any of the Toffees’ last five Premier League games.
Like Bojan, Deulofeu is a graduate of Barca’s famous La Masia academy, but his first-team prospects are the same.
AC Milan are also linked with a deal for Deulofeu, so Boro must beat off strong competition to land him.
Much may depend on Everton’s mooted move for Manchester United misfit Memphis Depay too.
Fleet-footed and silky-skilled, Spain Under-21 captain Deulofeu remains a real talent who is still developing.
In this regard, he is in the same bracket as Middlesbrough summer signing Viktor Fischer.
Both Deulofeu and our next pick could qualify for the one cap wonders club, but who else does?
Sticking with La Masia graduates, we think another Spain youth international should suit Boro in Sandro.
Malaga snapped him up on a free when he was let go by Barcelona this past summer.
Juande Ramos’ Bosman punt on 21-year-old Sandro looks to have paid off for the Anchovies.
Given the kind of regular football at La Rosaleda he never enjoyed at the Nou Camp, Sandro netted nine in 16 across all competitions before the winter break.
Mid-table La Liga side Malaga are now without former Sevilla, Spurs and Real Madrid boss Ramos, so could they be tempted to sell?
Any money received for Sandro would be pure profit, and the Anchovies have once again become a selling club in recent seasons.
Previously linked with Middlesbrough’s local rivals Newcastle United and Tottenham, Sandro is under contract with Malaga until 2019.
Comfortable up front or off either wing, he is precisely the sort of versatile attacker that should thrive at Boro under Karanka.
Deulofeu and Sandro represent works in progress as potential Spanish signings for Middlesbrough, but there may also be wisdom in going for a finished article.
Karanka might want to consider a raid on former club Athletic Bilbao for attacking midfielder Garcia.
The 30-year-old has regularly chipped in with goals for the Basque Country club since signing from Atletico Madrid.
Garcia played in the 2014 Champions League final, which Atleti lost in extra time to city rivals Real Madrid.
He has Copa del Rey, Europa League and La Liga winner’s medals on his CV.
That kind of experience, much of it earned playing under the strict discipline of Diego Simeone, would be valuable to Boro.
QPR fans may remember box-to-box midfielder Parejo from a Loftus Road loan spell when he was a teenager in 2008.
Although he didn’t make the grade at Real Madrid, few do because of the Galacticos transfer policy.
Parejo has since gone on to captain Valencia, via a spell at Getafe, and play over 200 games for Los Che.
Like Middlesbrough, the Bats are in a relegation battle, though it is far more surprising to hear.
Given his existing exposure to English football, could purchasing Parejo be such a bad idea?
Boro grabbed a certain Gaizka Mendieta, who also made his name at the Mestalla, later on his career.
If they are looking for another forward-thinking playmaker type, then Parejo is the best this current Valencia crop has to offer.