Everton has announced the signing of Lucas Digne from Barcelona as the Toffees continue their team rebuilding process under Marco Silva.
The French left-back was linked with a move away from Barcelona in the past few weeks. Barca even allowed him to leave pre-season friendlies in the USA, in order to complete his transfer. And after his medicals at Everton, Digne has officially joined the Premier League club.
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The defender has signed a 5-year contract at Everton which will keep him at the Goodison Park until 2023. Initial transfer fee for the defender is £19.5m and the total could rise up to £22m after the bonus. Lucas spent two years in Barcelona and won the league last year, where he made just 12 appearances. His failure to get more game time cost him a spot in France’s World Cup squad.
Digne sounded extremely happy about his move as he prepares to start a new challenge in England. “Everton is a big club with a great history. I want to play games, win games and excite the fans with the quality of our football.” He told Everton’s official website.
“I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here.”
“I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous.”
The 25-year old is expected to replace Leighton Baines in the left-back position. The English defender is 33-year old and despite his experience, lacks the speed on the flanks. Everton’s manager Marco Silva also showed his faith in Digne ahead of the new season.
“He is a high-quality player, aggressive, with good technical ability and in the past five seasons he has played two years at Paris St-Germain, one in Roma and for the past two seasons he has demonstrated his clear quality in Barcelona.”
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The Frenchman is Everton’s second signing of the summer, after the arrival of Richarlison, who joined from Watford for £40m. Barcelona, on the other hands, is expected to replace Digne with their La Masia product, Marc Cucurella.
Lucas Digne’s transfer is a good deal for both Everton and Barcelona. The Toffees needed a left-back to replace Baines and they have got a great one in the form of Digne. Barcelona will also be happy with the transfer fee and the fact that they can cut on some wages after quite a few additions in the recent months.