Boro transfer targets are clear, says Karanka

The Spaniard says Middlesbrough know what they need to improve upon and know the players they want to do it

Boro transfer targets are clear, says Karanka
Aitor Karanka was in a jovial mood during Middlesbrough's friendly with York City | Photo: Gazette

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka is confident of continuing his impressive summer of transfer business, as the club look to strengthen their attacking capabilities.

Aside from the purchase of Ajax starlet Viktor Fischer on the left wing, Boro's buys so far in the transfer window have mainly been in the defensive third of the pitch.

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Víctor Valdés joined on a free earlier in the week, following big-money defensive midfielder Marten de Roon and defenders Bernardo Espinosa and Jordan McGhee.

Middlesbrough attention turns to forwards

The newly promoted side have been linked with a number of strikers since confirming their return to the top flight, with names such as Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Álvaro Negredo leaving fans excited for a potential world-class arrival.

Reports have suggested Middlesbrough will offer Negredo a return to the Premier League | Photo: Fox Sports
Reports have suggested Middlesbrough will offer Negredo a return to the Premier League | Photo: Fox Sports

Speaking after Boro's 6-0 friendly victory over York City, Karanka told the Gazette that he was pleased with the club's business so far, "because it shows how well the club is working".

The Spaniard noted his struggles to bring players in at this stage of the window last year, but said that he was naturally pleased that "now we have a lot of players arriving and hopefully there will be more arriving soon".

“The targets are more or less clear, and for that reason I am really pleased."

Transfer rumours cause excitement on Teesside

The arrival of long-serving Barcelona goalkeeper Valdés has caused great excitement and optimism among Boro fans, made even more acute by news that the club are in talks with Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotić - though they face competition from Arsenal and Liverpool for his signature.

"I think the fans are really excited this season, like we are," Karanka continued. "We just have to keep going."