It seems that Olympique Lyon are on a hunt for some reinforcements in the January transfer window already.
According to some new reports by Le Parisien, the French side have taken an interest in Everton’s left-back Lucas Digne, among some other names.
Of course, with their ongoing struggles in 2019/20 that have left them eighth in Ligue 1 – although they have progressed to the knockout rounds of the Champions League – it doesn’t really surprise that they seem to think a boost in the winter is very much needed.
Currently, they have two players that can fill that left-back position in the form of Youssouf Kone and Marcal, the former being the first-choice between them with more minutes under his belt.
But with one goal and four assists to his name already across all competitions, Digne seems to be one level above anything Lyon currently have in their squad.
But this is where things could get rather messy for the French outfit.
According to Whoscored’s ranking system, Digne is Everton’s second-best player in the ongoing campaign with a rating of 7.09, only behind Richarlison with 7.23.
His impact is quite obvious and when we take into account the fact that the only other option they have is the 35-year-old Leighton Baines, it becomes much clearer why the Toffees probably won’t let the Frenchman leave.
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Digne arrived from Barcelona for a reported sum of £18m – a figure that could still rise to around £20m – and he is showing that he was worth every single penny in that transaction with the Catalans.
Needless to say, it could possibly take a huge sum to even tempt Everton to sell their main man but considering that the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti is largely expected to happen sooner rather than later, it makes the situation even more complicated from the French club’s perspective.
If the illustrious manager really wants to get the club back on track, selling his best players surely won’t be on the agenda – and especially not during his first transfer window in charge.
Of course, Lyon can still try and somehow get this deal over the line once the transfer window opens, as Digne would definitely be a major scoop for them, but taking everything into account, it’s a deal that looks rather unlikely to say the least.
Maybe it would be for the best if they began scanning the market for more obtainable alternatives.
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