Charlton Athletic are reportedly keen on signing former Coventry City defender Fankaty Dabo on a free transfer this summer, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke from Football Insider.
The full-back has been with the Skyblues since July 2019 and has played a crucial role for the Championship side, despite missing the heartbreaking final penalty which cost the club a place in the Premier League in May.
Who is Fankaty Dabo?
The 27-year-old was a product of the Chelsea academy as well as enjoying loan spells with Swindon Town as well as Dutch sides Vitesse and Sparta Rotterdam before he made a permanent switch to Coventry City.
Dabo has featured in the Europa League in his career and has also picked up a League One title winners medal with the Skyblues. Last season, Dabo struggled with injuries but still made 31 appearances in all competitions.
Charlton Athletic will be eager to become a promotion contender in League One this season, following the likes of Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday’s exits from the division, during the previous campaign.
The club finished 10th last season after a strong turnaround under current boss Dean Holden and the side will be eager to go further next season.
What’s been said?
According to Pete O’Rourke, Charlton Athletic are in advanced talks to sign the free agent, following his exit from Coventry City at the weekend, following the expiry of his contract.
Dabo had previously attracted the interest of fellow League One side Derby County, but a move to Charlton would allow the player to return to London.
Fankaty Dabo may have missed the crucial penalty in the play-off final but as a Coventry fan, I can safely admit that he is still regarded as a fan favourite at the club and we all (myself included) want to see him smash it with his next club.
I think a move to Charlton would be an outstanding move for all parties involved. He is an upgrade on Todd Kane, who was on loan at the club from Coventry last season and will add a lot of experience to the club’s defence.