By Richard Parks
Everton have made an approach to sign Boca Juniors left-back Frank Fabra this summer, according to a report.
Argentinian radio station El Crack Deportivo claim that the Merseysiders have already made contact with the Argentine club about signing the 27-year-old after the World Cup in the summer.
It is said that Everton face strong competition for the Colombia international defender’s services from Napoli, while there is also interest on a lower level from Arsenal and AC Milan.
El Crack Deportivo report that Everton are yet to table a formal offer for Fabra, but conversations have taken place which suggest a deal is possible in the coming weeks.
Fabra has made 19 appearances this season for Boca Juniors to help them sit six points clear at the top of the Argentine Primera Division.
His contract at Boca Juniors is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
Football Insider verdict:
With Leighton Baines at the veteran stage of his career and no left-back successor secured, Everton could do far worse than secure the signing of Fabra. His countryman Davinson Sanchez has made a huge impact at Tottenham this season and, although the 21-year-old had a season at Ajax to first acclimatise to European football, Fabra is six years older and a more experienced operator. Intriguingly, he is out of contract in little over 12 months, which means that runaway leaders Boca Juniors are likely to be willing to cash in on him in the summer window for what would still represent a bargain fee.
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