Report: Middlesbrough make new approach to sign Brazilian 'keeper Rafael from Hellas Verona

The veteran stopper is set to be offered a three-year deal, according to reports in Italy.

It has recently been reported in Italy that Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough are targeting the country for a potential new goalkeeper.

One name that has been suggested is Hellas Verona keeper Rafael.

Local press in Verona claimed that there was no interest from Boro for the services of Brazilian stopper Rafael. TG Gialloblu reported the player was not keen on a move and that Boro had not made any form of contact regarding a deal.

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

But despite those reports, fresh claims suggest Middlesbrough have not given up on the player. Tutto Mercato Web are today reporting as an exclusive that Boro are going back in for the player. The Teeside club have reportedly offered him a three-year deal at the Riverside and are hopeful of talking him round.

Boro only 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.

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