Digne departs Barcelona pre-season tour to finalise Everton transfer

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The French left-back is nearing a £25 million move to Goodison Park.

 

Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne is set to complete a move away from the Spanish giants this week.

Digne was part of Ernesto Valverde’s squad on their ongoing pre-season tour of the US but failed to feature when the side took on Tottenham Hotspur in their first pre-season encounter.

The versatile full-back sat on the bench while the game lasted even as Barca B graduates took to the pitch in the second-half to unsuccessfully preserve Barcelona’s two-goal lead.

Barcelona have granted the Frenchman permission to return to Barcelona from the club’s training base in California in order to finalise his departure.

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Digne is close to completing a move to Everton this summer and fee in the £25 million region is said to have been agreed between both clubs.

The 25-year old joined the La Liga Champions in July 2016 for an initial £13.8 million after a season-long loan at AS Roma.

The former Lille and Paris Saint-Germain player has found himself playing second fiddle to Jordi Alba in two seasons at the Camp Nou and has seldom featured in the centre-back position.

Digne will become Marco Silva’s second Everton signing once the deal is completed – Richarlison joined the Toffees from Watford this summer.

The new Everton boss will be looking to complete more signings and is already being linked to a move for Digne’s Barcelona team-mate Yerry Mina.

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The Colombian has struggled since completing a “dream move” to the Camp Nou in January and could as well move elsewhere in search of regular football.