Ouest France reports that Middlesbrough full back Fabio Da Silva is set to leave the club and sign for Ligue 1 side Nantes. The two clubs have supposedly agreed a fee in principle, which is believed to be in the region of £1.77million.
Fabio, once of Manchester United, is primed to pen a three-year contract with his soon-to-be new club. The 28-year-old therefore will link up with his twin brother, Rafael, who also plays in Ligue 1 with Lyon. The pacey Brazilian has struggled for regular game time since Tony Pulis became Middlesbrough manager, although he did appear off the bench in both play-off matches versus Aston Villa at the end of last season.
Fabio made the move to Old Trafford back in 2008, but only started nine Premier League matches for the club, before eventually leaving in 2014 when signing for Cardiff City. His time in Wales lasted until August 2016, which is when Middlesbrough came calling. He has appeared over 40 times for the club, in both the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship. However, he is seeking more regular game time, and Nantes can now seemingly offer him that.
Injury did cause some problems for the player at the Riverside Stadium last season. He didn’t appear from Boxing Day until reappearing in the away defeat to Sheffield United in April. He still managed 25 appearances, and netted two goals, one against Scunthorpe United in the EFL Cup and then another in the home draw with Brentford in September. Nevertheless, he is set for a new club in France, meaning Pulis may now seek a replacement in the coming days and weeks.