According to a report from The Daily Telegraph, Everton are interested in luring Lucas Digne away from Barcelona this summer. The 24-year-old left back made the move to the Nou Camp back in 2016 but has since struggled for regular football in the Spanish city, thus throwing into doubt his future at the European giants.
And new Toffees manager Marco Silva is reportedly keen on bringing the France international to Goodison Park, in what could well be their most important signing in many a year.
Ultimately, the Merseysiders haven’t really had to worry too greatly about landing a left back in the last 11 years or so, what with Leighton Baines proving his worth to the Toffees ever since his move from Wigan Athletic back in 2007.
The former England international has played over 400 times for the club and in that time has proven to be one of the best left backs in the country, with 30 England caps representative of just how good the 33-year-old was during his peak.
However, at the age of 33 and with just one year left on his current Everton deal, the post-Baines era is rapidly approaching for the Toffees, which is why a move for Barcelona’s Digne is the most important signing they can make in many years.
It will not be an easy task filling the shoes of Baines, what with everything he has given the Toffees in the last 11 years, but at the tender age of 24 and having already played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe in Barca and Paris Saint-Germain, Digne could well be that man.
The Frenchman, on standby for this summer’s World Cup, moved to Barcelona back in 2016 after three years at Ligue 1 giants PSG, and while he wasn’t a regular during his time at the Parc des Princes in making just 44 senior appearances, he proved his worth during a loan spell at Roma in the 2015/16 season.
Yes, he has again struggled for regular football since moving to the Nou Camp, although many would play second-fiddle to the excellent Jordi Alba, but the fact that Barca wanted him back in 2016 alongside how close he got to making the France squad this summer underlines exactly how talented and accomplished a left back he is.
And with Everton having now to turn attentions to a long-term Baines successor, after 11 years of not needing to worry about that position, striking a deal for Digne could well be the most important signing they have made in many a year.
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