The ongoing rumoured feud between Rafa Benitez and Lucas Digne at Everton has further encouraged more rumours to develop surrounding the left back’s future at Goodison Park, especially with the transfer window opening in a few days time.
According to Italian news outlet, TuttoJuve, Juventus could offer a swap deal of Aaron Ramsey to Everton in exchange for Digne during the January transfer window.
However, according to the report this would only be a short term loan until the end of the season, to help Juventus to cover their position for the rest of the season and get the Welshman’s salary off the wage bill at the Italian club.
Ramsey can’t get into the Juventus team with just two appearances in the Serie A this season so far, with the club making it no secret that they are interested in offers for the 31-year-old, who is currently on a whopping £175K a week.
Digne has now not featured in the last three games for Everton, with Benitez asked recently in a press conference if he believes that the 28-year-old was ill after he pulled out of the squad last minute, the Toffees boss responded;
“It is not that I believe or not,”
“I have been in football for so many years and I have so many experiences similar to this one and it is a question of making a decision.
“I have to be sure that the players that will be there tomorrow want to be there and they want to fight for the club and that’s it.”
There is no doubt that Ramsey has talent, and when he is not injured, he has proven at the clubs he has played at that he can offer performances at the highest level, playing in the Champions League for both Arsenal and Juventus with 78 appearances in the competition over his career, however, if it is at the cost of losing Digne it may not be worth it.
Digne has been with Everton since the Summer of 2018 when he joined the club from Barcelona and has since offered 127 appearances, six goals and an impressive 20 assists from his full-back position so far, with Gary Lineker taking to his Twitter account back in 2019 to praise the £27M-rated gem hailing him “quality”;
“What an excellent signing Lucas Digne has been for @Everton. Quality fullback. 👍🏻”
With that being said, a loan deal could be beneficial for Digne’s long term future with the Merseyside club, if he could go away keeping up match fitness with another team, whilst allowing his rumoured feud with Benitez to cool down, going into pre-season in the Summer of 2022 back with Everton, with the opportunity of a fresh start.
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