Alves to swap Boro for Benfica

MIDDLESBROUGH big-money flop Afonso Alves is on his way to Benfica in the summer. (Sun)The striker, 28, will quit the Riverside even if Boro beat the drop.

MIDDLESBROUGH big-money flop Afonso Alves is on his way to Benfica in the summer. (Sun)

The striker, 28, will quit the Riverside even if Boro beat the drop.

Gareth Southgate paid a club-record �12.7million to sign him from Heerenveen in January last year.

But they will pocket less than half that sum when they off-load the Brazilian to Portugal.


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Alves - contracted until the summer of 2012 - is keen to quit after failing to settle in the North East. He hit only 10 goals in 40 league outings.

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