When Middlesbrough signed Álvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia at the start of the season, it sounded like the buying option was just something to delay the move becoming permanent.

But as reported by Super Deporte today, Middlesbrough may not be signing Negredo permanently after all.

Negredo has seven goals and four assists in 27 appearances for Middlesbrough since he joined the club, and hasn’t scored since January. That’s why the outlet claims it’s still uncertain that the permanent deal could happen, especially in case the club get relegated at the end of the season.

With Middlesbrough in the Championship, it’s unknown if the player would like to continue playing for them and even if the club would agree to pay the €8m fixed price.

Valencia signed Negredo from Manchester City in 2015 for €28m, and the player is far from showing their investment was worth it. Middlesbrough’s situation is a worry for Valencia, who have been expecting to receive the €8m payment.