Italian website TuttoMercato has linked both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur with a summer move for Paris Saint-Germain’s French left-back Lucas Digne. The 20-year-old defender is set to miss out on a place in Didier Deschamps 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil after making only eight appearances so far this season.
Digne made the move from Lille to PSG last summer for a fee believed to be around €15 million, but has had to play second-fiddle this season to Brazilian full-back Maxwell. Despite his lack of first team football for his new club, any move away from Paris at this time would seem very unlikely. Maxwell turns 33 this August and it is clear that Digne is set for a long career as the Parisian’s starting left-back and it is only a matter of time before he takes over from Patrice Evra and Gael Clichy as France’s left-sided defender.
The French-U21 defender came through the youth academy at northern side Lille, playing for their reserve side in the fourth division at just 17. He made his first-team debut in 2012 in the 3-0 home win over Saint-Etienne and would go on to make 16 appearances that season. In his short time in the Lille side he impressed with his impressive left-foot, his ability to deliver early crosses in the box and his desire to charge up and down the left flank in Lille’s cavalier fast-paced attack. However he also showed great defensive positioning and strength beyond his seemingly small frame.
In his second season he established himself as Lille’s starting left-back, making 33 appearances in the league while also playing a key-part in their Champions League campaign. It was Digne that opened the scoring in the play-off match against FC Copenhagen, a game that Lille won 2-0, making it into the Group Stage.
The full-back starred as France U20 side won the World Cup last summer, and although Lille were keen to try and hold on to the young star, PSG’s substantial bid was too big to turn down. Born just outside the centre of Paris in the suburb of Meaux, Digne looks happy to bide his time and wait for his turn to become a first-team member of the PSG side.
Should he continue to miss out next season then there may be an opportunity for Liverpool and Spurs to make a move, for now Digne is going nowhere, money is no object to the Parisians and there is nothing that would tempt them to let Digne leave Ligue 1 for the foreseeable future.
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