Everton look to tie down superstar defender amid Tottenham interest

Date published: Wednesday 4th December 2019 4:42

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Everton will seek to ward off interest from Tottenham by signing their standout left-back to a new deal just days after Brazilian forward Richarlison agreed fresh terms.

Lucas Digne is the man in question, with the Merseyside club reportedly aiming to offer the France full-back a similar length deal to the one signed by Richarlison recently.

Richarlison’s deal runs through to the summer of 2024, and Digne – an £18m arrival from Barcelona in 2018 – could be next on the agenda.

The left-back is a firm fans favourite at Goodison Park, helped in no small part by his revelation that he rejected a move to Liverpool on two separate occasions earlier in his career.

The 26-year-old has been a rare ray of hope in a perennially struggling Everton backline, with four assists and one goal complementing his solid defensive efforts this term.

His attacking prowess drew interest from Tottenham during the summer, and a recent report from English newspaper the Daily Mail suggests that the Toffees realise the true worth of the player they have.

The article states that: “[Digne] was the subject of interest from Tottenham last summer,” though it is unclear how the change of manager to the more defensive-minded Jose Mourinho in north London would affect that interest.

The report continues: “With the rising cost of full-backs Everton believe Digne would now be worth well in excess of £70m in the current market but their plan is to try and extend the 26 year-old’s contract.”

Meanwhile, under-fire Everton boss Marco Silva recently sent a message to his charges ahead of their crunch class wih Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The blue half of Merseyside have not won at Anfield since 1999, leading to Silva delivering an inspirational message to his players.

 

 

“We have to look at the game as a good opportunity and do something the club did not do for 20 years,” Silva told The Telegraph. “OK, it is a tough game. They are in a very, very good moment and maybe they are the toughest opponent we can face.

“You can look at it this way or the other way: it is a good opportunity for us in a special game. I like the special games and my players and our fans have to like the special games too.

“I know the derby record in the past did not give us a good feeling but we have to go there and embrace the challenge, to enjoy it. If you ask me what is the main thing I want, it is for the players to perform like we did there last season.

 

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