According to Argentine radio station El Crack Deportivo, Everton are ready to rival Serie A giants Napoli for the signing of Boca Juniors left-back Frank Fabra and have already opened talks with the 27-year-old.
Well, El Crack Deportivo says that the Toffees and Napoli are both keen to bring the Colombia international, with the former already holding talks with the full-back about a potential move.
El Crack Deportivo reports that the Merseyside outfit are keen to tie up a deal for the left-back after he appears for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Boca not against the idea of selling him.
The report adds that Fabra’s future could be sorted out in the next few weeks, with Everton clearly stepping up their bid to sign a new left-back having also been linked with a move for Manchester United’s Luke Shaw following his fall-out with Jose Mourinho at the weekend.
The stocky 27-year-old has done well, scoring two goals and adding a further three assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for Boca.
According to WhoScored.com, his main strengths are his dribbling and his passing, although he has also picked up five yellow cards in those 19 outings to suggest he perhaps may have a problem with his discipline at times.
The Colombian has successfully completed 35 of the 52 dribbles he has attempted for Boca this term, while he has made 19 key passes and won 49 of the 66 tackles he has attempted.
He also looks to have a good leap on him despite his 5ft 8in frame having won 29 of the 42 aerial duels he has faced.
It’s difficult to say given he has never played in Europe before, but he has certainly been a decent performer for Boca Juniors and Colombia which suggests he can make the step up to the Premier League.
The 27-year-old could prove to be a cheaper option to buy than Man United’s Shaw this summer, but you can’t help but feel that the England international would be a better investment in the long run given that the experience he already has in the English top flight and the Champions League and the fact that at 22 years of age, he still has plenty of time to develop and improve.
Of course, if Everton can’t get Shaw then they should go for Fabra, who should ideally be their back-up left-back option.