Reports: Everton's next signing imminent, Digne allowed to leave tour to seal move

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus at Camp Nou on October...

Everton are set to sign Barcelona defender Lucas Digne.

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus at Camp Nou on October...

According to The Mirror, Barcelona's Lucas Digne has been allowed to leave the club's pre-season tour to finalise a move to Everton, with Sky Sports reporting that an announcement is imminent.

Everton have tied up just the one summer signing so far, landing Richarlison in a big-money move from Watford, with fans desperate for more.

A key position to strengthen for Marcel Brands has been left back, as Leighton Baines appears to be winding down at Goodison Park, and there is a real dearth of other options there.

Brands has been attempting to force through a deal for Barcelona's Lucas Digne, and The Mirror now report that the Frenchman has indeed been given permission to leave the club's US tour in order to finalise a move.

Sky Sports add that a deal should be announced imminently, with Digne even taking to Instagram last night in order to confirm that he is leaving Barcelona, presumably for Everton.

Digne, 25, will cost Everton around £22million, and will join the Toffees after two years with Barca, in which he made just 46 appearances as he offered cover to Jordi Alba.

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona controls the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Formerly of Lille, Paris Saint-Germain and Roma, Digne has 21 caps for France but missed out on their World Cup squad due to a lack of game time in Catalunya, and his move may just put him back in the picture.

Digne is a well-rounded left back with impressive defensive ability, and whilst he may not be the most attacking left back of all time, he will offer a superb option in a position of concern for Everton.

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Gelson Martins of Sporting CP during the UEFA Champions League group D match between FC Barcelona and Sporting CP at Camp Nou on...

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