Everton are reportedly closing in on a new contract for one of Carlo Ancelotti’s key men at Goodison Park.
Lucas Digne is the player in question, with talks said to be progressing well between the club and the 27-year-old.
The France star is currently half-way through the five-year deal he signed in the summer of 2018 when he joined from Barcelona. However, the Merseyside outfit are keen to tie him down on improved terms.
Digne is currently working his way back to fitness following surgery on an ankle injury. But the left-back is making such rapid progress that Ancelotti expects him back at some point in January.
Discussions over a new deal for Digne were opened recently, with the Echo stating that the defender is now expected to put pen-to-paper imminently.
The deal is expected to be similar to the one that Everton handed Micheal Keane back in August.
Midfielders Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies and defender Yerry Mina are the other players in the Toffees squad whose deals finish in the summer of 2023.
Chelsea join chase for Everton defensive target
Chelsea have joined Everton in the race for in-demand Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan, according to reports in France.
The Blues were heavily active during the summer transfer window and could be busy again in January.
In the summer, they focused largely on attacking recruitments. However, their primary focus now seems to be adding to their defensive options.
One of the players they are considering a bid for is Simakan. According to Le10 Sport, Chelsea have contacted Strasbourg to inform them of their interest.
Simakan has already attracted interest from a number of clubs. AC Milan are believed to be leading the race, while recent reports have linked him with Everton and Wolves.
However, Chelsea could pose strong competition in the battle to sign him if they decide to make a formal offer. Read more…