Middlesbrough sign Fabio

Middlesbrough have signed full-back Fabio

Middlesbrough sign Fabio
Above: Fabio been unveiled as a Middlesbrough player | Photo: mcfc.co.uk

Middlesbrough have completed their ninth senior signing of the summer, bringing in full-back Fabio.

Strength in numbers

Boro have arguably had one of the best windows out of the 20 top-flight sides, bringing the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Victor Valdes to the Riverside.

Fabio is another that can add Premier League experience to the side, having played over 100 league games with Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

The Brazilian, who made two appearances for the national side, has signed a two-year deal on Teesside, but the opening day clash Stoke City on Saturday will come too soon.

Above: Harry Chapman been unveiled as the under-21 player of the month | Photo: Reuters
Above: Harry Chapman been unveiled as the under-21 player of the month | Photo: Reuters

Out for some experience

With Fabio's arrival, sees a temporary departure, with highly-rated youngster Harry Chapman, joining Sheffield United on a season-long loan.

The England under-18 international impressed many during his loan spell with Barnsley, making 14 appearances on the club's way to promotion to the Championship.

The Hartlepool-born winger became manager Chris Wilder's eighth signing, and he shared his delight at the move.

He told sufc.co.uk: "Harry is a highly-rated wide player with plenty of ability and I'm sure he's going to excite our supporters."

Chapman tweeted: "delighted to have signed for @SUFC_tweets until the end of the season, can't wait to get started and see what the season brings for me."

Ready for the return

Back on Teesside, the area is prepared for Boro's long-awaited return to the top-flight of English football, after a seven season absence.

The main objective for Aitor Karanka's men will be maintaining that top-flight status, and the Spaniard reiterated that objective in his pre-match press conference.

He said: “The aim is for us to stay in the Premier League, to build the foundations and to be here long-term,” as Boro have “Worked really hard to get here. For everybody it’s been a dream - so imagine what it’s been like for me."

Karanka concluded: “We need to keep the dream going. Everyone is excited - the people on the streets - they’re thinking about the game on Saturday. The club is ready for this.”

Middlesbrough will take on Stoke City at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, August 13 with kick-off at 3pm BST.