Unai Emery to ditch £25m Aston Villa man as he’ll ‘listen to offers’, with next club named

Ciaran McCarthy
Lucas Digne, Matty Cash, Aston Villa, November 2022
Lucas Digne and Matty Cash celebrate together

Aston Villa will reportedly ‘listen to offers’ for Lucas Digne, who they paid £25million for last year, as Unai Emery looks to ‘stamp his mark’ on his squad.

Emery obviously inherited a squad that he found quite easy to work with. Indeed, he took the Villans from relegation trouble last October, and ended up with European football for next season, inspiring them to a seventh-placed finish.

He made just two additions to the side in January: Alex Moreno and Jhon Duran. The former soon became the first-choice left-back, displacing Digne from his spot.

It’s since been suggested that Emery is not a fan of the Frenchman, who was only signed by his predecessor Steven Gerrard in January of last year.

Now, it looks like he’s going to act on those feelings. Indeed, the Daily Mail reports Villa ‘will listen to offers’ for the left-back this summer, as Emery continues to ‘stamp his mark’ on the squad he inherited last season.

There’s no suggestion of a fee, but given Digne was signed for £25million and still has three years left on his deal, they’ll surely recoup a good deal of that money back.

The report names Napoli as a side who could be interested in taking the left-back on board. That’s due to the presence of Rudi Garcia in the manager’s chair at the Naples outfit.

He and Digne apparently continue to ‘admire each other’ since they worked together at Roma in the 2015/16 season. There’s a caveat in that left-back Mario Rui might have to leave Napoli before that move is to happen.

But there’s a suggestion that he could, and the report states if he does, Digne ‘could link up’ with his former coach ‘if an agreement could be found on wages’.

The defender is said to have one of the highest salaries in the Aston Villa squad. As such, whether or not Napoli could agree his personal terms remains to be seen.

There are likely to be other sides interested in a player who has featured fairly consistently in the Premier League for the past five years, and at 29, should still be in his prime years.

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