CHELSEA are interested in Everton defender Lucas Digne, according to reports.
The Blues are desperate to land a new left-back this summer, with neither Emerson Palmieri nor Marcos Alonso having convinced Frank Lampard this season.
Leicester City star Ben Chilwell has long been considered their No1 target in the position.
But with the Foxes set to demand £75million for their home-grown England international, Chelsea have decided to look at other options.
And according to ESPN, they have “identified” Digne as the perfect alternative.
The 26-year-old has played well for Everton since joining in 2018, seamlessly replacing the popular Leighton Baines as the Toffees’ first-choice left-back.
As well as his proven Premier League quality, Chelsea are attracted by his big club experience – having played in the Champions League for both Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
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He also has plenty of international experience, having won 30 caps for France.
Digne featured in Les Bleus’ 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championships squads, although he unluckily missed out on the victorious 2018 roster – instead being included on the standby list.
As well as Chelsea, Manchester City also like Digne.
Chelsea and Manchesster City may have been priced out for £75m-rated Chilwell[/caption]
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The Citizens have had left-back issues of their own in recent years, with Benjamin Mendy having frequently been injured.
Pep Guardiola has used Oleksandr Zinchenko in the problem position, as well as Fabian Delph – now Digne’s team-mate at Goodison.
Like the West Londoners, City view Digne as a quality, cheaper alternative to key target Chilwell and could also make a move this summer.
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