Aston Villa Set to Hijack Deal for Chelsea Target, In Advance Talks to Sign The Premier League Star

Aston Villa Set to Hijack Deal for Chelsea Target, In Advance Talks to Sign The Premier League Star

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Aston Villa poised to beat Chelsea to the signing of left-back Lucas Digne who will leave Everton following a falling out with Rafa Benitez
  • The 28-year-old has been frozen out by the Toffees, not appearing since their 4-1 defeat by rivals Liverpool on December 1
  • Aston Villa recently announced the loan signing of Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona making the Brazilian Steven Gerard’s first signing as Villa manager

Aston Villa is reported to be in advanced talks to sign Everton left-back Lucas Digne.

Aston Villa Set to Hijack Deal for Chelsea Target, In Advance Talks to Sign Premier League Defender
Lucas Digne looks set to leave Everon this January after a falling out with Rafael Benitez. Photo by Emma Simpson
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The French defender has been frozen out of the Everton team following a falling out with manager Rafael Benitez and is now looking to ply his trade away from the Merseyside.

According to the Daily Star, the French defender will be joining Villa this week despite interests from from Chelsea, Westham and Newcastle with Steven Gerrard’s influence being key to beating the competition.

Villa are said to be offering a swap deal with winger Anwar El Ghazi being used as makeweight in the deal but Everton are only interested in a cash only deal for the transfer to pull through.

The Express reports Digne was against Benitez’s counter-attacking football as it limited his impact on the side which prompted a clash between both personalities.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle United coach had also taken the Frenchman off set-piece duties to the frustration of the Everton left-back.

In recent days the player has been linked with a move to West Ham and mega-rich Newcastle, as well as last season’s Champions League winners Chelsea but Digne is said to be in favour of a move to the west Midlands.

A deal of between £20million and £25m being touted as the amount Everton are willing to accept with Villa keen to wrap up the deal this week.

Anxiety As Napoli Tell Premier League Club Chelsea to Pay Staggering Fee for Victor Osimhen

Earlier Sportsbrief had reported English Premier League giants Chelsea have been told to pay £66million for Napoli forward Victor Osimhen.

With Romelu Lukaku’s future at Stamford Bridge still uncertain, the Blues are already making attempt to sign another striker.

El Nacional reports that Napoli's Osimhen who is valued at £66million is now linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..