Liverpool have been solidly linked with Lucas Digne for the past month, but as of today, reports in France suggest the chase is over. L’Equipe are reporting, from their sources at PSG, that Liverpool have exited the Digne race and that as of now the only serious suitor left is Roma, who they expect will complete a deal for him shortly.
The 22-year-old has struggled at PSG after looking one of France’s most promising talents while at Lille, where he made 60 appearances as a 19 and 20-year-old. Having managed 43 games over two seasons since moving to PSG isn’t disastrous, but for a player of Digne’s talent looking to take the next step, becoming second in line at a bigger club hasn’t turned out to be the best move.
Now, if L’Equipe’s sources are correct, he’s heading to Serie A, where he will be expected to overtake Ashley Cole on Roma’s depth chart. The rumoured deal would be a season-long loan, with Roma receiving a club option to buy Digne next summer for €25M should he manage to prove he’s still got the talent to develop into the player he seemed destined to become at Lille.
Reports on the Liverpool end in recent weeks from journalists with ties to Anfield have repeatedly suggested that with Joe Gomez looking strong in pre-season, the Reds were no longer interested in fullback reinforcements despite having been intrigued by Digne during the off-season.