Fabio misses Cardiff City opener amidst Boro speculation

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Cardiff City's Fabio

The 26 year old Brazilian left-back has fuelled further speculation that a move to Middlesbrough is imminent.

Cardiff City's Fabio celebrates scoring their first goalWill we see Fabio in a Cardiff shirt again?

Cardiff City kicked off their league campaign Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Birmingham. Interestingly, however, the game did not feature first-team regular Fabio, who appears set to join Middlesbrough.

In an interview with BBC News after the match, Cardiff manager Paul Trollope confirmed that the potential departure of the player was the reason that he took no part in the game. “There has been some interest in Fabio which is why he was left out of the 18, and we'll look at that again next week as to how it plays out'' explained Trollope.

Cardiff's Fabio

While the Cardiff City boss did admit that ''we don't want to lose our best players," the fact that Fabio has entered the final year of his contract means that Cardiff will have less incentive to deny the player a move. Fabio's contract is also suspected to contain a release clause around the £2 million mark

With Middlesbrough set to get their season underway next Saturday at the Riverside against Stoke, this deal could be pushed through as soon as early next week. 

The 26-year-old full-back previously played for Manchester United and was loaned out to QPR before joining Cardiff in 2014.

Middlesborough have been active in the transfer window so far, signing Antonio Barragan, Bernardo Espinosa, Viktor Fischer, Brad Guzan, Marten de Roon and Victor Valdes, as the club returns to the Premier League for the first time since being relegated to the Championship on the last day of the 2008–09 season.

Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing in action with Cardiff City's FabioFabio played against Middlesbrough in the Championship last year


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