Presenter Tony Scott has suggested that Everton defender Lucas Digne and his agent may have a tough time looking for a new club in the January transfer market.
It’s certainly no secret that the French full-back has fallen out of favour of late. Indeed, reports revealed that Digne recently clashed with manager Rafael Benitez – and now his future looks in doubt.
Earlier this month, The Athletic reported that the ‘pair have rarely seen eye to eye’ regarding tactics and ‘tensions boiled over’ eventually, leaving the left-back out of the team.
Discussing the matter on the All Together Now Everton Podcast, Scott claimed that due to his age, price and situation, it may be hard to find an exit in the winter, so Digne and his agent could be ‘scrambling’ for a new club.
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The presenter said: “If you’re a big player like Lucas Digne, then you’re now scrambling for a club from now till January, trying to get a club to sign you.
“And who’s going to be putting up £20-30 million for a 29-year-old? There will be one or two clubs out there obviously with not being cup-tied in Europe, etc. But now it’s on him to go and find himself a club, it’s on his agents to go and get him the best possible deal in a World Cup year, as well.”
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Digne had been a key player for Everton over the past few seasons, playing 30 league games or more in the past three Premier League campaigns.
However, Benitez clearly sees him as a dispensable member of the squad now, having reportedly already lined up a replacement. Indeed, Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko looks set to arrive from Dynamo Kyiv in January for a fee in the region of £18m.
What happens to Digne remains to be seen, but he has been linked with a move to Serie A club Napoli. If he wants to play a lot of football in the second half of the season, an exit this winter may be his only option.