Colombia left-back Frank Fabra has been heavily linked with a move to Everton this summer. As recently reported by The Sun, the 27-year-old was being targeted as a potential £7.5 million signing from Boca Juniors this summer.
It looked like a potentially great deal for Everton. A new left-back has to be a priority for the club this season. Leighton Baines spent much of last season on the sidelines and the lack of cover in the position was instantly exposed. With Baines getting no younger, a long-term replacement is being sought by the Toffees.
Colombia’s first-choice left-back would have been a perfect option. Fast, strong and with a sweet left foot, he could have been a viable alternative for the veteran Baines.
But Fabra, as good as he is, should not be considered anymore. The defender has been ruled out of the upcoming World Cup after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in training camp.
The injury is likely to keep him out of action until 2019 and, despite his excellent pedigree, Everton cannot afford to wait.
The club are in need of a new left-back option if the current youngsters on the books such as Brendan Galloway and Antonee Robinson are not considered up to scratch.
Fabra would have been an ideal recruit, but if they are having to wait for a debut, there seems little point making a move.
Everton will need to target someone else to fulfil their left-back needs.