Confusion surrounds €15 million Monaco deal for Liverpool defensive target

Could Liverpool still snap up Lucas Digne this summer?

Liverpool are just one team who have reportedly been interested in young French left-back Lucas Digne. But while other Premier League outfits such as Manchester United, Chelsea and predictably Newcastle United were all being rumoured to hold a vested interest in the teenage full-back it was Liverpool who appeared to take the lead in his pursuit back in March.

It was reported that talks had taken place between the two parties as Rodgers eyed up Digne as a replacement for Jose Enrique; a player he has not entirely been a fan of during his time at Anfield.

But earlier this week that move seemed dead as it was reported AS Monaco had agreed a move for the player; beating off competition from fellow big-spending French side Paris Saint- Germain.

The report from L’Equipe suggested that the principality side had agreed a €15 million fee with Lille for the player and he favoured a move to the Monegasque outfit over their Parisian rivals.

But while just a few days ago this deal seemed signed, sealed and delivered today that does not seem the case.

It is now reported that a deal for Digne has stalled as Monaco assess other options; including a reengagement with Eric Abidal over a move and a deal to potentially bring Brazilian international Filipe Luis in from Atletico Madrid.

So Digne may not be off the market after all.

I mean L’Equipe have already got one thing wrong this week. The claimed Younes Belhanda had decided to do a U-turn on his Dynamo Kiev move; only for the Moroccan himself to poo-poo such a suggestion almost immediately.

If it does prove to be the case then Liverpool should certainly make a move for the 19-year-old.

Jose Enrique is good on his day but he is also alone. Glen Johnson is good cover at left-back but is of course a right-back at the end of the day.

Then there is the youngster Jack Robinson; who can add a poor European Under-21 Championships campaign to a poor showing in the FA Cup last season. He has surely found his level; and it is not at the top-end of the Premier League.

So Liverpool should certainly keep up the pressure on Lille in regards to their young starlet’s future as Monaco’s interest appears to wane.

But to add to the confusion an Italian report this week suggested that Digne’s deal could be done by the weekend.

This one seems impossible to predict so I guess we will have to go with three words dreaded by kids the length and breadth of the country on this occasion and say… we will see.

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