Chelsea is reportedly planning to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne. The 28-year-old is expected to leave Goodison Park in this winter transfer window. The decision comes after Digne fell out with Everton’s head coach Rafa Benitez, who did not select him in Everton’s last six matches.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is short on left wingback options with Marcos Alonso the only available player in that position. Their main left-back Ben Chilwell is ruled out for the season with an ACL injury.
Chelsea has been surveying their options with Lucas Digne along with several other candidates. The list includes players like Nicolas Tagliafico, Theo Hernandez, and Ian Maatsen.
Digne finished his development at Lille, signing his first professional contract in 2010, later moving to PSG in 2013. He went on to join Barcelona on a five-year deal in 2016.
Digne has been a key player for the Toffees since he arrived from Barcelona in 2018. He made 127 appearances across all competitions. However, the 43-capped French international is preparing to join a new club this month.
Possibility of the signing
Lucas Digne’s contract ends in the summer of 2025 with Everton. So the mid-season signing would cost Chelsea around £30m.
Chelsea had previously attempted to recall Emerson from his loan spell at Lyon. However, the same outlet reports that attention has turned to Digne.
Chelsea might also look out for Tagliafico whose contract expires in the summer of 2022. So, it would cost the Blues much less to sign a free agent.
Other options for Digne
As per Sky Sports News, Chelsea, West Ham, Newcastle, and another Premier League club are all interested in signing the French. These clubs either want the left-back permanently or on loan this month.
Meanwhile, Serie A outfit Napoli is also eager to sign the left-back. The Italian side is opting for a temporary deal with an option to buy next summer.