Premier League: Everton sign Lucas Digne


Premier League club Everton have completed the signing of Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne for a fee of 18 million pounds. The 25-year-old French international has 21 caps for the national team but was not in the squad that won the FIFA World Cup earlier this summer. However, he did make Didier Deschamps' standby list. Digne had joined Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016 and he has won the domestic league title with both clubs. The left-back has also spent a full season in Serie A in 2015-2016, when he was loaned out by PSG to AS Roma. Last season he made just 20 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, scoring one goal.

"Everton is a big club with a great history. I want to play games, win games and excite the fans with the quality of our football," Lucas Digne said. "I played good football in Rome and I played well, too, in Barcelona. I progressed a lot as a player and as a person by playing with the best players in the world. When you play with the best players it helps you build your character and, of course, it helps on the training ground and during games, too, because you want to give the best of you. I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world. Everybody loves the
Everton have been looking for a backup for left-back Leighton Baines for some time, and since Baines is now 33 years old they really needed to sort out a replacement. "It is important to say that he is a player who, from the first moment he was contacted, showed enormous desire to play at Everton,' Everton manager Marco Silva said. "He is a high-quality player, aggressive, with good technical ability and in the past five seasons he has played two years at Paris St-Germain, one in Roma and for the past two seasons he has demonstrated his clear quality in Barcelona. Lucas is a player who will add competitiveness in a position where we only had Leighton Baines last season and he is accustomed to winning. This is his mentality having captured titles in his career and having these on his résumé." Digne is the second major signing of the summer for Everton after the transfer of Watford forward
Richarlison for 40 million pounds.

Everton are 7/2 at Bet365 to finish in the Premier League top six next season.

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