Liverpool lose out in race for French wonderkid

Lille defender, Lucas DigneLiverpool have lost out to Paris Saint-Germain in the race for defensive starlet Lucas Digne.

TalkSPORT revealed yesterday that Brendan Rodgers’ side were ready to progress negotiations with Lille over Digne, however PSG have since confirmed their signing of the 20-year-old.

Digne, who won the U20 World Cup with France earlier this month, told PSG’s official club website: “To play for Paris St Germain, with these exceptional players, is a dream come true. I’m very happy.

“After the World Cup title in Turkey, I am having an incredible summer. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have placed in me.”

The youngster has signed a five-year deal with the French champions, whose spending spree shows no sign of slowing down, having outlaid £55million for Edinson Cavani just days ago.

When talkSPORT reported Digne was due to have a medical at PSG yesterday, a fee was cited in the region of £12million.

Digne is highly-rated, likened by some to Dani Alves, and has been tracked by a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Liverpool have supposedly tried on numerous occasions to tempt the youngster to England throughout the last two years.

The blow is another setback for the Merseyside club in their summer building, having also missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a prime target of theirs who recently signed for Borussia Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk.

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