Since there are just a few weeks left in Martin Payero’s loan from Middlesbrough to Boca Juniors, the Argentine media is starting to wonder whether he’ll be able to stay at the Buenos Aires side.

TNT Sports today features a story pointing out that it’s still unclear whether the South American giants will manage to keep the midfielder for longer.

The first issue is his contract with Middlesbrough, which expires in 2024. So even though Boca Juniors may be hopeful of extending the loan, Boro would need to protect themselves by renewing his deal before letting him leave on a new spell.

According to TNT, the Argentine club even have an option to make the transfer permanent for €6m. The problem is that is a considerable amount in that league, so it’s hard to imagine them spending that much.

Payero has had a positive start to the season at Boca Juniors, with four goals scored in only ten appearances, and that gives them the wish of keeping him for at least the rest of the year, with the story pointing out he became ‘important’ for the team.

It’s also pointed out that with potential promotion to the Premier League, Middlesbrough will soon figure out who should stay or leave their squad, and that’s when they’ll take a major decision on the 24-year-old’s future.