Middlesbrough plan bid for Brazilian wonderkid as new signing stars

Date published: Tuesday 26th October 2021 12:22 - Sean Byrne

Heitor playing for Internacional against Palmeiras

Middlesbrough are interested in pursuing Brazilian defender Heitor Rodrigues, per a report. 

Heitor, 20, currently plays for Internacional inside Brazil’s top division – Serie A. Playing as a right-back, the youngster came through the ranks in Brazil. Earlier this year, he was also voted one of the 11 best under-20 players in South America during the International Federation of  Football History and Statistics awards.

According to South American publication, Torcedores, Boro are believed to be planning a bid in the region of £5 million.

However, it is believed his home club are not willing to accept any offer under the region of £10 million for the talented youngster.

Heitor is highly rated by fans in Brazil, and has made four appearances in the Copa Lipertadores.

Boro have also struggled to solidify the right-back role this season, with Darnell Fisher out long-term through a knee injury, and Anfernee Dijksteel suffering from muscle problems.

Italian side Fiorentina are also monitoring the full-back, however, no official bids have been made.

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Warnock impressed with South American summer signing

Manager Neil Warnock praised summer signing Martin Payero as he got off the mark during the weekend.

Payero got his side’s first goal and was a star player as Boro eased past Cardiff City 2-0 on Saturday.

Warnock was delighted with the 23-year-old’s contribution despite Payero struggling to make an impact in recent matches.

He told BBC Tees Sport: “It wasn’t just the goal, I think his overall performance was very good.

“He kept us ticking along. The most difficult thing to do is the simple one, and he keeps it simple at times whereas one or two lads try to complicate it and come unstuck.

“I am really pleased for him and I’m glad to see the lads give him a round of applause.”

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