Chelsea and Man City set to bid for Everton star despite ‘high fee’

Will Ford

Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly targeting Everton full-back Lucas Digne as both clubs search for a new left-back ahead of next season.

Frank Lampard and Pep Guardiola are both said to be interested in Leicester’s Ben Chilwell but are wary of his £75million price tag.

Chelsea’s 3-2 loss to West Ham highlighted their defensive issues, with Gary Neville claiming they made mistakes a six-year-old should know how to avoid.

And the left-back position is also a problem area for Guardiola, with Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko not seen as long-term solutions.



And ESPN claim that while both clubs are reluctant to meet Leicester’s valuation of Chilwell, they are considering a move for Digne, despite Everton also demanding a ‘high fee’.

The 27-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Barcelona for £17m in August 2018, and has made 33 appearances across all competitions this campaign.

Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti will be desperate to keep hold of the former Lille and Paris Saint-Germain star as he is plotting a title challenge.

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“I hope soon Everton has to be competitive and fight for the first position of the Premier League with Liverpool, with Chelsea, with Tottenham, with Manchester United, with all the big teams,” Ancelotti told Sky Sports News.

“I don’t know how long it takes but I hope that soon we are able to compete.

“We have a young squad with young players with a lot of skills, a lot of ability.

“I think just the fact that we can improve this skill and this ability can give us more opportunity to stay at the top.”


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