Aston Villa for talks with Everton about the signing of the lost left-back Lucas Digne, 90min understand.
The 28-year-old French national team player has fallen out of favor with Toffees boss Rafa Benitez and has barely played in recent months.
Benitez has criticized Digne and insisted he was told by the former Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona man that he wanted to leave Goodison Park.
Everton have taken in the young Ukrainian Vitaliy Mykolenko as a replacement, leaving the road clear for Digne to leave.
However, Everton have insisted that they only let Digne leave on a permanent agreement and have refused to maintain a loan move.
Digne, who has already rejected an approach from Newcastle United, had made it clear through his representatives that he would “love” the chance to move to Chelsea. The Blues are looking for left-wing reinforcements following Ben Chilwell’s knee injury that ended the season.
Chelsea as well as West Ham were only willing to make a first loan, but now Villa have jumped in and started talks on a permanent contract.
Everton have been looking for 30 million pounds, although it is believed that Villa want to pay less than 25 million pounds – but sources have told 90min that both clubs are convinced that an agreement will be reached.
Digne has indicated that he is open to the idea of joining Villa, who have already made a big splash this month with the loan signing of Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho.
Villa are not necessarily looking to sign a deal early next week but are wary of late interest from elsewhere. But it is clear that Steven Gerrard gets full backing from the club’s owner since he took over the responsibility.
It is believed that Gerrard wants at least two more players on top of Digne and Coutinho, with another midfielder and a forward in sight.
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