Newcastle ace Allan Saint-Maximin has asked one transfer expert to “clarify” whether Lucas Digne will be signing for the club.
The Toon winger set Twitter alight after he replied to a claim from well-respected pundit Fabrizio Romano. On Friday Romano delivered an update on the future of Everton full-back Digne, who has been frozen out at Goodison Park.
Rafa Benitez dropped the Frenchman following a reported disagreement in training. And the 28-year-old has not appeared for the club since the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the start of December.
Since then, speculation has raged that Digne would be leaving this month and Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa have all been linked.
And the manager confirmed Digne would be leaving in his press conference on Friday.
Benitez said: “I think he was very clear. I want to ask a question to every fan. What would Peter Reid do or say if a player says he doesn’t want to be there? That’s it, simple.
“I had a couple of conversations with him [Digne]. He told me what he thought, so what do you expect a manager to do when a player is thinking about leaving?”
But one potential destination was ruled out by Romano. The Italian clamed “Digne will not join Newcastle”, while Chelsea were still establishing their next move.
Ok Fabrizio just to clarify, is Lucas Digne going to join Newcastle ? https://t.co/15ueJUpWGz
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) January 8, 2022
Saint-Maximin though replied on Saturday and said: “Ok Fabrizio just to clarify, is Lucas Digne going to join Newcastle?”
Ant and Dec like Saint-Maximin comment
It’s a comment which has raised plenty of questions and prompted a laughing emoji from TV presenters Ant and Dec.
But a number of comments from fans were asking whether the United winger had more information and knew otherwise.
There’s no doubt Digne would be a great signing, full of experience, in Newcastle’s battle against the drop. But with a contract until 2025, he will not be a cheap option and will cost up to £30m.
Digne, understandably, is believed to favour a move to a side pushing for honours. But Saint-Maximin’s comments may just see Romano proved incorrect.