English Premier League side Aston Villa is closing in on a £25m deal for Everton defender Lucas Digne and talks are advanced. In a separate development, Everton has also inquired about Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi. Villa has tracked 28-year-old Digne since he fell from favour with Everton new head coach Rafael Benitez and discussions have progressed between the clubs.
Aston Villa Wants Lucas Digne from Everton
Meanwhile, Aston Villa has completed the loan signing of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho. The deal for the Brazil international includes an option to buy him £33m at the end of the season. Last week Everton head coach Benitez said Digne is unwilling to remain in Everton. He said he “doesn’t want to be here”, having not made any starts for Everton since 1 December.
Several clubs registered their interest in the left-back, including Newcastle United, Chelsea and some Serie A clubs, but Villa appear to be in the driver’s seat for his signature. Everton will want Dutch winger El Ghazi in place of Digne. 26-year-old El Ghazi has made 71 Premier League appearances for the Villains, scoring 15 goals, but has been chiefly used as a substitute since the arrival of manager Steven Gerrard.