Everton could solve left-back dilemma if they signed wantaway Barca man 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...

Everton are in need of signing a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines.

Lucas Digne of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Rodri Hernandez of Villarreal CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at Camp Nou on May 9, 2018 in Barcelona,...

Newly-appointed Everton manager Marco Silva has yet to strengthen his squad this summer and, with the opening game of the season just a month away, now is the time for the club to make some much-needed additions.

One of the key areas which the Toffees must work on this summer is at left-back with a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, and in Barcelona’s Lucas Digne there is potentially a wonderful opportunity.

According to the latest report by Diario Sport, the former Paris Saint-Germain player wants to leave the Nou Camp this summer and has asked for a transfer on the basis that a good offer comes in.

Facundo Roncaglia of Celta de Vigo competes fo the ball with Lucas Digne of Barcelona during the La Liga match between Celta de Vigo and Barcelona at Municipal Balaidos on April 17, 2018...

Everton have signed players from the Catalan club before, bringing in Gerard Delofeu on loan before making his transfer permanent in the summer of 2015 after impressing at Goodison Park.

Digne has the potential to be a far better player than the Spanish winger, and he has all the attributes to come in and replace longstanding fans favourite Baines who is now in his twilight years at 33.

The France international has struggled to break in to the Barca team ahead of Jordi Alba, and with exciting prospect Juan Miranda coming through the La Liga champions may be open to selling Digne.

Santiago Arias of Colombia and Lucas Digne of France fight for the ball during the international friendly match between France and Colombia at Stade de France on March 23, 2018 in Paris,...

At 24 he still has the best years of his career ahead of him, while according to Diario Sport his sole intention now is to find a good project which will offer him regular first-team football which he would find at Goodison Park.

Everton have the finances and the attraction to bring him to Merseyside and signing him would send out the right sort of message as they look to build a team capable of challenging the Premier League’s top six.

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