Despite Everton’s early contacts to sign Frank Fabra from Boca Juniors in the summer window, the talks have been stalled, Sport Witness has learned.

Both the Argentine and the English club are in situations which don’t really favour a negotiation for now.

Boca Juniors are living decisive stages both in Copa Libertadores as in the Argentine League, and that’s why the club don’t want to get involved in transfer talk at the moment.

Currently in third place in their group of the continental tournament, they must win the next two games to secure a place in the knock-out stage. Meanwhile, the league situation is more comfortable, as they are three points clear on top of the table, and need to keep the good form as there are only three fixtures left.

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Uncertainty over Everton’s structure is something that also leaves the negotiations pending. The feeling at Boca Juniors is that a bid may not be made in case the Toffees switch ‘sports direction’ at the end of the season. Intriguingly for Everton fans, a change is something which is considered possible at the South American end of a possible deal.

In case Everton give up on Fabra, that’s good news for the likes of Napoli and Fiorentina, who have been following the player for months now. Other Premier League sides have recently made requests as well.

Frank Fabra has a US$16m (£11.75m) release clause at the Argentine side.