Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with Boca Juniors that will see Martin Payero move back to Argentina, TEAMtalk understands.
The 23-year-old joined Middlesbrough from Argentine side Banfield last summer. Payero cost £6m – a significant sum for a Championship side – and was expected to boost Boro’s chances of securing promotion back to the Premier League.
However, the Argentine struggled in England, starting just six league games.
Indeed, neither Neil Warnock nor Chris Wilder were suitably impressed with the midfielder.
Payero’s contract has two years remaining, though his time at the Riverside is now coming to an end.
TEAMtalk has learned Argentine powerhouse, Boca Juniors, have struck an agreement with Middlesbrough.
Payero will join on a season-long loan and the deal will contain an option to buy next summer.
Boca are understood to have fended off competition from a host of clubs including Payero’s former side Banfield.
Boro narrowly missed out on the play-offs last term, finishing five points adrift of sixth-placed Luton Town.
With Wilder at the helm, hopes are high they can go one better this season, though they’ll have to do it without Martin Payero among their ranks.
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