Lucas Digne Agent Dashes Everton Hopes

Move Looks Unlikely

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The agent of Everton transfer target Lucas Digne claims the French full-back isn’t looking to leave Barcelona.

Digne moved to the Nou Camp in the summer of 2016 from Serie A side Roma. But he saw his game time drop last season under coach Ernesto Valverde with just eight starts in La Liga plus four appearances off the bench. That compared with 14 starts and three substitute appearances under Luis Enrique in 2016-17.

Everton are looking for a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines and they see Digne as his replacement.

Digne has found it difficult to dislodge Jordi Albi as Barca’s first-choice left-back Jordi Alba.

“When we signed for Barcelona, we knew very well which situation we were going to be in,” his agent Mikkel Beck said.

“We knew that there was a very good player in Alba already playing there, who is the number one choice in the national team and a very good player. We knew this situation, Lucas also knew what he was going into. He is very proud to play for this club and he enjoys every game that he gets for them and I think he is showing that because this season I think he played outstandingly. He is a Barcelona player and I think everyone can see that.

“We have a long contract still with the club, the club is very happy about Lucas. It is not a situation where the club is saying Lucas has to leave or we saying we have to leave. It is a situation about a club and a player that actually likes each other very much. But you know of course you always want to play more. All footballers want to play week in, week out, but we made the choice to go to Barcelona.

“Let’s see what happens, but at the moment we are not really thinking about it. Lucas is at Barcelona, it is the biggest club in the world. You don’t just leave the biggest club in the world. Lucas is happy to stay on and I know and Barcelona knows that Lucas has a big part to play again this season to help achieve their incredible goals. They want to win everything so they need not only 11 players, but 16 to 18 absolute top, world class players to reach those goals, otherwise they can’t achieve them.”

Barcelona are more open to a move for Yerry Mina. The Colombia defender is also wanted by Everton but the Toffees will have to pay €25million (£22million).