Arca to leave Middlesbrough

The Argentine’s current contract with the Championship side is set to expire at the end of the season and Mowbray admits the club can not afford to offer him a suitable deal.

“There’s not a lot we can do about Julio,” said Mowbray. “He was signed when we were in the Premier League and he’s on Premier League money.

“His contract is expiring at a level that is unsustainable for us. I really like him as a footballer and a man. He really buys into the way we want to do things, and his performance level suggests he likes the way we’re trying to do things.

“There’s a perception that he must be old because he’s been around so long, but he only turned 30 a couple of weeks ago. He has a lot of football still to play, and a lot of earning power in the remainder of his career.

“Reluctantly, we have to admit there’s a fair chance that, come the summer, Julio will leave.”