Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rivaldo Link to Boro

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rivaldo Link to Boro

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Steve McClaren may be considering a summer move for Brazilian ace Rivaldo.

Boro are being strongly linked with the AC Milan midfielder, who is reported to have fallen out with the San Siro club's management following his move from Barcelona last year.

Boro boss McClaren is a big admirer of the 31-year-old World Cup winner and could be contemplating bringing him in to link up with Juninho.

Rivaldo is expected to be given a free transfer in the summer and a whole host of clubs, including Spurs, Liverpool and Newcastle, are thought to be in the running to win his signature.

A Boro insider is reported as saying: "His wage demands are said to be huge but he's a player who will put bums on seats - there's no doubt about that.

"It's an exciting idea and we might just be able to pull it off if we can use Juninho to sell the club to him.

"It would certainly be an incredible deal for us - and he will set the whole place buzzing if we can make it happen."

Boro should have money to spend in the summer while Alen Boksic's contract, said to cost around pounds 30,000 a week, also expires.

Meanwhile, McClaren today demanded a strong finish to the season to pave the way for the next stage of the Riverside revolution.

The Boro boss is determined that his players should bounce back from Saturday's disappointing home defeat by Arsenal.

Boro worked hard, but never hurt the Gunners, and McClaren said: "That was our first defeat in nine games, which indicates how well we had been playing.

"Arsenal were the first team in the top half of the table to come here and win. But we must not dwell on that defeat and we have to continue to look forward.

"I am looking for a very, very positive reaction to that defeat.

"We want to get back to winning ways and stay unbeaten until the end of the season. If we can do that, then we will give ourselves a strong platform for next season."

Boro were quickly back in action at West Ham this afternoon and McClaren added: "It's an important game for us because we want to maintain our unbeaten run away from home. …

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