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Friday, 26 July, 2002, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
Juninho heads back to Boro
Juninho is on his way back to Teesside
Brazilian midfielder Juninho is to return to Middlesbrough in a 6m transfer from Atletico Madrid.

He will join the Teessiders for the third time in his career on 5 August, subject to passing a medical and being granted a work permit.

Boro have been chasing Juninho, 29, since the end of the World Cup last month but had initially been unable to agree personal terms.

But now the popular midfielder is likely to make his third debut for the club in a pre-season friendly against Alaves on 7 August after agreeing a four-year contract.

  Riverside revisited
Oct 95: Moves to Boro for 4.75m
1997: Guides club to FA Cup and Coca-Cola Cup finals, but relegation follows.
Voted second in the Football Writers' Player of the Year awards
July 97: Agrees to move to Atletico Madrid for 12m
1998: Omitted from Brazil World Cup squad after suffering broken leg
1999: Returns to Boro on loan. Four goals in 28 Premiership games during 10-month stint
May 00: Returns to Atletico after loan period expires. Joins Brazilian side Vasco da Gama on loan
Aug 01 Signs for Flamengo on loan
July 02 Agrees four-year deal with Boro after 6m move from Atletico

Juninho made a major impact in the north-east after initialy arriving in a 4.75m move from Sao Paolo in November 1995.

He helped Boro reach both the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997, but could not prevent the club from being relegated from the Premiership the same year.

The fans' favourite subsequently moved to Atletico in a 12m deal, only to return to Boro on loan in September 1999.

But he was not able to reproduce the inspirational form of his first spell after suffering a leg injury, and was farmed out to Brazilian sides Flamengo and Vasco da Gama.

A return to form in his native country saw Juninho recalled to the Brazil squad that secured a fifth World Cup crown in Japan and Korea last month.

His return to the Riverside brings to a conclusion lengthy negotiations conducted by Boro chief executive Keith Lamb with Juninho's agent and father, Osvaldo Giroldo.

The club agreed a 6m fee with Atletico several weeks ago, but could not agree personal terms when Giroldo flew to England.

But Lamb then upped the offer, making it clear it was the club's best and final package.

Following more talks, the two parties came to an agreement which will will see Juninho become Steve McClaren's fourth summer signing.

The Boro boss has already signed Italian striker Massimo Maccarone, made Franck Queudrue's loan move permanent and secured Cameroon international Geremi on a year's loan from Real Madrid.

McClaren travelled to Spain from the club's Austrian training camp to seal the transfer.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted Juninho has agreed to join us. We have a World Cup winner who is as ambitious as we are.

"I have spoken to him a couple of times and he wants to help make Middlesbrough successful. He feels he has unfinished business."

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