Middlesbrough are in talks about a goalkeeper swap with Italian side Hellas Verona, according to GianlucaDiMarzio.com. 

The Italian website believes that Boro are in talks to swap their back up goalkeeper, Michael Aggazi with Hellas Veronas Brazilian keeper, Rafael.

Rafael, 33, has been at Verona since 2007 and has made 270 appearances for the Italian side, who are currently rock bottom of Serie A with just eight points.

It is understood that a swap deal for the two goalkeepers will take place, allowing Aggazi, an ex Milan player, to return to Serie A and his native Italy.

Boro may also see Rafael as having first team potential or at least as a good back up option to first choice keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, who is now 37.

Middlesbrough have been flying in The Championship in recent weeks and are top of the league after winning a vital six pointer against Derby yesterday.

Their superb form has not escaped the attention of pundits and bookmakers alike and they are now clear favourites to win promotion and complete a return to the Premier League after a seven year absence.