According to The Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough right-back Antonio Barragan is set to join Real Betis. The Spanish defender has spent the first half of the season at Betis, but they have triggered a clause in his contract to sign him on a permanent deal.

Antonio Barragan signed for Middlesbrough in the summer of 2016. Having spent only one season at the club in the Premier League, Barragan joined Real Betis on loan.

The Spanish full-back looked a revelation when he was signed from Valencia for around £2 million. He deputised at centre-back against Stoke City on his debut, as they secured a 1-1 draw.

But his performances throughout the season wavered, and his inconsistencies ultimately cost him his place in the side towards the end of the season.

Brazilian Fabio took his place and quickly became the favoured right-back in the side. Barragan didn’t play in any of Boro’s last five games, as they suffered relegation to the Championship.

It is reported that Middlesbrough contained a clause in his contract, that allows Betis to sign Barragan if he plays a certain amount of games. The requirement is believed to be around 25 games, but this was reduced following Real Betis’ exit from the cup competitions. Marca believe that the figure will be in the region of £1 million.

Middlesbrough brought in Cyrus Christie and Ryan Shotton at the start of the campaign, so Barragan’s future always looked in doubt. Following the addition of Martin Cranie from Huddersfield in January, Barragan has been allowed to leave the club on a permanent basis as a result.

The deal will conclude in the summer at the end of the season.

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