'Taking time': Romano suggests Chelsea are stalling over move for £18m player, other PL clubs want him

Chelsea are reportedly stalling over a move this month to try sign Everton defender Lucas Digne.

According to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Blues are taking their time deciding which left-back to target during the January transfer window.

It is explained Chelsea have been interested in Everton’s full-back for weeks, but are yet to decide on their next move.

Romano adds that Digne will definitely be leaving Goodison Park during this window after falling out of favour with Toffees manager Rafael Benitez.

Apparently, Premier League clubs are starting to move for the 28-year-old’s signature. However, Newcastle United have been ruled out as a possible destination.

Digne, who cost Everton £18million a few years ago, has been a popular player on Merseyside.

The left-back has been one of his side’s most consistent performers in recent seasons, but the ex-Barcelona defender is ready to move elsewhere to get back to playing again.

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Chelsea should ramp up Digne interest

With Ben Chilwell sidelined until the end of the season, Chelsea quickly need to bring someone in to compete with Marcos Alonso in the left wing-back position.

Digne would be a great addition for pretty much any club in the Premier League, so the Blues need to act fast to ensure they don’t miss out on him in January.

The constant flow of fixtures for the Blues remains and they can’t rely on Alonso every match.

Digne’s qualities make him tailor-made for Thomas Tuchel’s system at Stamford Bridge due to his attacking quality on his left foot.

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