By Adebayo Williams
Premier League returnees Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic. The 27-year-old Serbian joined the side for £8 million but is subject to a work permit.
Subotic signed for Dortmund in 2008, after following manager Jurgen Klopp from Mainz, and has since gone on to make 258 appearances for the Bundesliga club. The Serbian was an integral part of the Dortmund side that secured back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012. The arrival of Marc Bartra from Barcelona is believed to have spurred the defender to make the move.
Middlesbrough have also agreed a contract with midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who is a free agent after leaving Southampton last season. Ramirez had a successful loan spell at Boro, where he scored seven goals in 18 league appearances, to help Aitor Karanka’s side gain promotion to the Premier League. The 25-year-old’s signing is also subject to a work permit hearing.
Ramirez stands a better chance than Subotic of having a work permit granted as he recently represented his national side, Uruguay, at this summer’s Copa America Centenario. Karanka has wasted no time in adding to his squad this summer, with Marten de Roon, Víctor Valdés, Viktor Fischer and Bernardo all joining the club since the start of July.