Middlesbrough look set to add Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic to their list of new arrivals, after signing former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes last week, as Aitor Karanka looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their Premier League return.
The 27-year-old has reportedly agreed a three-year deal at the Riverside Stadium, according to the Evening Gazette, for a fee of around £8 million, although the confirmation of the signing is subject to Serbian gaining a work permit.
A successful summer of transfer business is seemingly shaping up for Karanka, as he embarks on his first season managing in the Premier League with his Boro side that have ended a seven-year top flight exile.
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Boro fans were shocked to see Barcelona legend Valdes join the club, after being released by Manchester United this summer. However, the club are now set to name another high-profile player within their ranks.
Subotic had been linked with the biggest sides in England, with both Arsenal and Liverpool considering making a bid for the BVB star, who struggled for game time at the Westfalenstadion last campaign. Sunderland and Stoke have also muttered an interest.
But the experienced defender, who has played his entire career in Germany, will reject the realistic chance of challenging for silverware, such as the Premier League, in exchange for helping Boro to realise their ambitions upon their top flight return.
Marc Bartra's arrival from Barcelona all but confirmed that Subotic was no longer a part of Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel's plans, and announced several weeks ago that he would quit the club this summer.
Cologne had hoped to keep the player in the Bundesliga, although their financial status meant they were unlikely to have the financial muscle to pay the defender's wages.
No Klopp reunion
Many had expected that Subotic would most likely head for Liverpool, if he made a move to the Premier League, after following current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp from Mainz to Dortmund. On top of the fact that the club allowed long-serving defender Martin Skrtel to leave for Fenerbahce.
However, it is understood that the Serbian, who made 258 appearances for Dortmund and won back-to-back league titles with the club in 2011 and 2012, has bought into the idea of helping Middlesbrough retain their Premier League status and avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
Subotic has spoken extensively with Karanka, about the Spaniard's plans for the club, after being granted the freedom to leave Dortmund's training camp to speak to potential suitors.
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