Report: Chelsea identify Everton left-back Lucas Digne as target

Chelsea are reportedly considering Everton defender Lucas Digne as a possible answer to try solve the club’s problem position in the backline.

The Blues have had some well documented issues in the left-back area during the past couple of years, which is why the club has continued to be linked with full-backs in recent times.

According to football website ESPN, Frank Lampard’s side are now looking at Frenchman Digne as a potential target to strengthen his options.

It is claimed that both Chelsea and Premier League rivals Manchester City have earmarked the 26-year-old as a target, plus he would be a cheaper option than £75million-rated defender Ben Chilwell from Leicester City.

The report adds that Everton would demand a “high fee” for their full-back, who has been a big success at Goodison Park since he joined for £18million from Barcelona back in 2018.

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Digne is the latest name to crop up in Chelsea’s pursuit of a left-back and is certainly one to make supporters take notice.

The 30-time capped France international certainly has plenty of threat in attacking areas and is a dead-ball specialist, but perhaps more importantly doesn’t shirk his defensive duties either.

His experience in English football over the last couple of years could potentially make him an ideal target for manager Lampard, who is looking to build an improved side at Stamford Bridge.

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Marcos Alonso has been a quality servant for Chelsea with spectacular individual moments and a starring role in Antonio Conte’s title-winning side, but his costly defensive mistakes continue to mount up and the club need to upgrade.

Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri has been unable to jump ahead of Alonso in the pecking order and looks no more than a squad player.

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