Fabio: Cardiff City defender signs for Premier League side Middlesbrough

Fabio challenges Jordon Ibe of Bournemouth
Fabio (left) scored for Cardiff in their 3-1 loss at Middlesbrough in February 2016

Former Manchester United defender Fabio Da Silva has joined newly-promoted Middlesbrough from Cardiff City.

The 26-year-old Brazilian's Bluebirds' contract included a release clause understood to be around £2 million.

"We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Fabio for his contribution during his two and a half years at the club and wish him the very best for his future," Cardiff said.

Bluebirds boss Paul Trollope confirmed yesterday a deal was close.

"He's in talks with them and within the next 24 to 48 hours that might be concluded," he told BBC Radio Wales after the 1-0 defeat by Bristol Rovers.

Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo has already said players are likely to leave the Cardiff City Stadium before others are brought in.

"We could see a lot of movement in the last week of August, when the transfer window is about to close," said Choo.

"Everything is still up in the air.

"We have a few targets to go but it really depends on players leaving as well, players who we feel should move on."

The Bluebirds are closing in on a deal to sign Wales midfielder Emyr Huws.

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