Middlesbrough are interested in striker Enzo Crivelli from French side Caen, Yahoo Sports FR have reported via The Teesside Gazette.
Crivelli, who spent the second half of the 17/18 campaign on loan with Caen from Angers, made his move permanent last summer, and went onto score six goals in 35 appearances for Caen in all competitions last season, although he was unable to prevent the Normandy based side from being relegated to the second tier of French football at the end of the season.
It is thought that ‘Boro are keen to add a striker to their ranks in the summer transfer window to provide competition to Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher, with the club looking to sell both Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite in the window.
Crivelli has two years remaining on his contract at Caen, but could be available at a reduced cost following the club’s relegation from the French top flight.
This is an interesting one.
Only Stoke and the bottom two – Bolton and Ipswich – scored fewer goals in the Championship than ‘Boro last season, so there is no doubt that they need to bring in a goalscorer.
Crivelli’s record has been far from outstanding at top-flight level in France, but he has never really been given the chance to show what he can do in the second tier, so this could yet prove to be a decent find for ‘Boro.
With Caen’s relegation potentially reducing the asking price for Crivelli, this could prove to be a smart move indeed from Middlesbrough.