Who Is Lucas Digne?
With this young French Left-back reportedly attracting the attention of Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea and it has become pertinent to feature Lucas Digne in Touchline Talk’s Who Is? Series.
This is not the first time a Premier League side has been rumoured to be interested in signing Lucas Digne, the promising young defender has been linked with both to both Manchester clubs.
However, recent reports suggest that a deal has already begun between the Lille and Liverpool over the French youth-international’s signature.
Born in Meaux France on the 20th of July 1993 Digne began his journey to become a professional footballer when he started playing for local youth side Mareuil-sur-Ourcq at the age of six.
Digne signed for current team Lille as a youth-player in 2005 at the age of 11 and has steadily worked his way through the youth ranks before being promoted into the first team set up in 2011, given the number three shirt.
He signed his first professional contract for the club on July the 27th 2010; this was later extended to 2016 in January 2012 after a series of impressive displays for the Lille first team.
Often described by the media as a wonderkid, Digne has proven himself to be a versatile left-sided player.
Although he plays predominately at left back he is as capable of playing as a left sided midfielder if called upon to do so, which highlights his versatility.
Digne has become one of Europe’s hottest prospects, this season he won Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award for his impressive displays.
The 19-year-old has made 33 appearances in France’s top tier this season and is already an established first team player at Lille.
Being touted as many as one of France’s most promising youngsters, Digne has represented his country at all levels of international youth football and is likely to be called up to the full international set-up in the near future.
With a number of clubs reportedly chasing Digne Liverpool could really pull off a great piece of business if they could negotiate a move for the youngster, as they do not have the wealth and European football that many of the other reported chasers of the left back.
Brendan Rodgers has already moved to strengthen the Reds’ defensive frailties with his signature of Kolo Toure, and Digne could prove to be an astute signing in creating a more solid and cohesive back-line.
Rodgers may look to place Digne straight into the Liverpool set up as he still looks to consider Luis Enrique a liability at the left-back position.
Enrique eventually gained the confidence of the Northern Irishman but doubts may still stand in his mind making the French youth international a perfect fit for Rodgers’ future plans.
Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up the left back as a potential replacement for Ashley Cole who after much talk and speculation over his age signed a one-year extension with the London club in January.
However, Chelsea also view Ryan Bertrand as having the potential to one day replace Cole, and with Cole’s injuries this year Bertrand filled in for the 32-year-old.
Bertrand though is Chelsea’s only other recognised left back in the first team and the Blues may consider Digne as a way to combat this frailty.
However, both Premier League clubs may have to move quickly if they want to capture the youngster, Paris saint-Germain have already touted the French youth-international as one of their next signings.
Lille look set to make their Ligue 1 rivals pay a third more than Liverpool or Chelsea as they demand €15million for Digne from the rich French club, as opposed to the €10million which they may accept from the two English sides.