Another smart piece of business.
Everton have accepted Aston Villa’s bid for Lucas Digne, with the Frenchman expected to join Steven Gerrard’s team for £25 million.
This comes following several days of negotiations, after Chelsea and Newcastle were both also interested in signing the left back.
Sky Sports News have reported that personal terms should not be an issue, and that the deal will be announced shortly.
Villa have already brought in Philippe Coutinho on loan, as this month shapes up to be a fine transfer window for the club.
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Aston Villa have agreed a £25M fee with Everton for left back Lucas Digne pic.twitter.com/QiIejUcSkf
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Lucas Digne to Aston Villa
Everton manager Rafa Benitez had seemingly fallen out with Digne, as he hasn’t played for the club in a number of weeks.
Digne will be hoping to get some more regular gametime at Villa, given that it is a World Cup year, and he will be determined to make the France squad.
He has competition from Matt Targett, who received Villa’s Player of the Year last season. However, the Englishman’s performances have noticeably gotten worse since then, and the left back spot should be Digne’s to lose.
Rafa Benitez on Lucas Digne
Benitez pulled no punches when talking about Digne recently, implying he was putting the interests of himself above the club’s.
He said: “I want to ask a question to every fan or former player. What would Peter Reid say to a player who doesn’t want to be there? It is simple. I had a couple of conversations with him, he told me what he thought. So what do you expect a manager to do when a player is thinking about leaving?
“They pay you big money to perform. You have to perform, you have to be available, you have to put your interests behind the interests of the club. Maybe the stats and priorities have changed and people think themselves ahead of other things.”
Everton have signed two full backs already in this transfer window, Vitaliy Mykolenko and Nathan Patterson, so it seems they are already prepared for life without Digne.