Middlesbrough have now confirmed the arrival of Dutch midfielder Marten De Roon from Italian side Atalanta. Despite the fee for the transfer not being revealed by the club, it is thought to be around £12million. After seven years in the second tier of English football, Boro will be looking to consolidate their position in the Premier League during the upcoming campaign, with manager Aitor Karanka experiencing the top flight for the very first time.
After securing their promotion on the final day of the Championship season, Boro join Burnley and Hull City in the battle for safety in their first season back in the big time. With Bookies.com offering the best deals and offers from a range of online bookmakers, the use of a free bet to back Boro to secure their Premier League safety could well prove fruitful come the end of the campaign. Karanka will certainly be looking to add more bodies to his squad in the coming weeks, with only a handful of players having Premier League experience currently. Skipper Grant Leadbitter is one man who knows only too well what lies ahead for Boro, having been relegated with former club Sunderland in the past.
The goals of Jordan Rhodes will undoubtedly be vital for Boro, with the former Blackburn Rovers man finding the back of the net on six occasions last season, helping his new team on their way to promotion. Rhodes will be playing in the top flight for the first time, and despite being a rank outsider to win the golden boot award from bookies.com, is short odds from bookmakers to be Boro’s top scorer this season.
With Afonso Alves currently holding the record transfer fee for Boro from back in 2007, the North East side are reportedly in line to break such a record during this transfer window. Having paid £9million to secure the services of Rhodes last season, Boro will be hunting for a fellow striker to aid the goal scoring responsibility.
However, with any number of teams looking for a proven striker, Karanka may well have to smash his side’s transfer record in order to bring in such an individual. Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik and Fiorentina’s Khouma Babacar are the latest in a long line of players linked with a move to the Riverside.