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Everton could lose Lucas Digne to Inter in January

Everton could be set for a significant blow in the upcoming January transfer window as Inter circle for one of Rafa Benitez’s most influential stars.

What’s the story?

According to Italian outlet Spazio Inter (as relayed by the Liverpool ECHO), Lucas Digne is attracting the attention of the reigning Serie A champions after being left out of the Toffees’ last two matchday squads.

The report also claims that Juventus are interested in securing the 28-year-old’s signature, stating the Old Lady have been monitoring his situation for some time ahead of a potential switch.

Would you be sad to see Digne depart?

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Everton fans would be distraught

Digne is widely believed to have had a dispute with Benitez over his role in the side in recent weeks, leading to his absence from the first-team squad for the victory over Arsenal and the defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

The Athletic’s Everton reporter Patrick Boyland revealed that the France international was not injured or unavailable for either fixture but was omitted “after his already fractious relationship with Benitez took another turn for the worse.”

It’s claimed that the attack-minded full-back has been growing ever frustrated with his more defensive role in the 61-year-old’s safety-first setup, feeling his new responsibilities limit his ability to influence games, and being taken off set-pieces was another significant blow.

However, Benitez hinted that Digne could work his way back into his plans soon if he is to keep up his hard work at Finch Farm, telling Sky Sports in his pre-match interview: “He’s (Digne) training well, and he will have chances if he keeps training in the same way.”

But despite this, talk has already turned to the £119,000-per-week aces potential exit, something that would surely leave the Everton fans feeling distraught.

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Digne has been one of the Merseyside outfit’s standout performers since his arrival from Barcelona back in August 2018, scoring six goals and providing 20 assists in 127 appearances.

And although he’s failed to have a huge impact in the final third of the pitch this season, he’s still averaged 1.2 crosses in his 13 top-flight outings, 1.7 key passes and 2.5 tackles, placing him second compared to his teammates for each metric, as per WhoScored.

Therefore, Digne’s exit would be a huge setback in Everton’s development, and one that would not go down well with the fanbase who would surely be incredibly upset with the whole situation.

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