Local press rule out Middlesbrough move for Brazilian 'keeper Rafael from Hellas Verona

Boro are said to be looking at bringing in a new keeper this summer to help their promotion push.

It has been reported in Italy this week that Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough are targeting the country for a potential goalkeeper recruit this summer.

It was reported by Viola News this week that Middlesbrough were looking at both Mario Andujar of Napoli and Hellas Verona stopper Rafael.

It has now been made clear in the local Verona press that there is no interest from Boro for the services of Brazilian stopper Rafael.

The 33-year-old, who has been at Verona since 2007, also holds an Italian passport, so would have been a no nonsense signing.

However, TG Gialloblu is reporting that the player is not keen on a move and that Boro have not made any form of contact with the club or Rafael’s Belgian based representatives.

It would seem then that the apparent move for Rafael is a mere rumour.

Boro only currently have Dimitrios Konstantopoulos and Tomas Mejias on their books so another keeper would seem to make sense, as they look to go one better than last season and earn promotion to the Premier League.

However, Rafael will not be that man.

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