Spanish giants Valencia are eyeing up a shock move for Middlesbrough manager, Aitor Karanka, according to The Sun.
Reports have begun to emerge that should the club fail to agree terms with current manager Gary Neville over an extended deal to remain at the Mestalla, then they will target former Madrid defender Aitor Karanka as his replacement.
Valencia have endured a difficult season thus far and sit 11th in the La Liga table so far, after 28 games.
Manager Gary Neville suffered a terrible time during his first few months in charge, failing to win nine La Liga matches before finally recording a 2-1 win over Espanyol last month.
Karanka could well be interested in a move back to his homeland, with the opportunity to manage such a prestigious club possibly too good to turn down for him.
Boro chairman Steve Gibson however will remain hopeful that Karanka stays in the North East, especially if he guides them to promotion to the Premier League.
After backing the manager in January to the tune of £9m for Jordan Rhodes, Gibson will be hoping for a bit of loyalty from his Spanish gaffer.
The Boro defeated Wolves at the weekend to cement a place in the top two, and travel to Rotherham United tonight hoping to pick up another 3 points on the road.
Boro fans, what do you think to this news? Who would replace Karanka if he left? Let us know in the comments below!