Everton dealt blow in hunt for forward Luis Diaz, deal now completely off
Everton chase reinforcements
Everton are on the hunt for a suitable backup to their current striker options Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. Both have started the season in red-hot form, with Calvert-Lewin netting three goals in the opening three games of the season.
Similarly, they are looking for further backup in the wide areas, with Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend already joining the club this summer, but space for additions still remaining.
For the striking option, Salomon Rondon is the preferred choice, with Everton hoping to complete a deal that would see the forward reunite with Rafa Benitez after their stint at Newcastle.
Salomon Rondon is very close to completing a move to Everton before tonight’s transfer deadline.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 31, 2021
Luis Diaz deal off
However, they are looking likely to be left disappointed in the wide-area reinforcement.
Porto’s Luis Diaz was thought to be their primary target in this position, with the 24-year-old Wideman capable of playing on either flank or even through the middle if needed.
Diaz impressed at the Copa America with Colombia too, scoring 4 times in 5 games for his country, although he could not take them to the final.
Unfortunately, it appears as though any potential deal to take Diaz to Everton has now collapsed, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that there was “no agreement and no way to find a solution in the next hours”
Negotiations between Everton and Porto for Luis Diaz have definitely collapsed. No agreement and no way to find a solution in the next hours. 🔵❌ #EFC #FCPorto #DeadlineDay
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
It remains to be seen whether or not Everton have time to identify another target, or whether they will be left high and dry come the deadline.