Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez ‘must leave’ the club in the transfer window, according to his agent.

Pablo Bentancur has spoken out about the 26-year-old’s future at the Riverside Stadium and says he expects approaches to come in from multiple sides across Europe.

“He must leave Middlesbrough. I am almost convinced that he is leaving and, on Monday, Betis will go in strongly for him,” El Desmarque quote the businessman as telling Radio 1010.

“Middlesbrough are a little hard. They don’t give any kind of ease with the clause, which is €12 million for his departure.”

Boro fans are unlikely to be impressed with Bentancur’s interference in proceedings, particularly given his history of speaking publicly about negotiations for his client.

In February, after Ramirez failed to seal a move to Leicester City, his representative told Tutto Mercato Web that it had been ‘a battle’ with the Teessiders and hinted that then-manager Aitor Karanka had threatened to depart if the winger left.

Although it seems that he will move on before the start of the new season, Boro are unlikely to recoup the quoted €12 million (£10.7 million) for a player who has flattered to deceive in his year-and-a-half at the club.

The Uruguayan was a regular in the side at the start of the 2016-17 campaign and saw his stock rise with a wonderful solo goal in a Premier League fixture with Bournemouth last October.

However, after a transfer stand-off in January, Ramirez was frequently dropped from the matchday squad entirely towards the end of the season as Boro’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed.

With Garry Monk now at the helm, Middlesbrough will be targeting an immediate top flight return and have been strengthening heavily in recent weeks, with notable arrivals including forwards Britt Assombalonga (£14.5 million) and Martin Braithwaite (£9.6 million).

Their opening match of the term is an away trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 5, before they host Sheffield United the following week.


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