Lucas Digne set for £7million switch to Old Trafford
Manchester United are set to make £7million full-back Lucas Digne one of their summer signings after earmarking the teenager as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.
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Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been on the trail of Everton and England international left-back Leighton Baines for much of the year, but an asking price of as much as £20million looks to have put him off signing the 28-year-old from Goodison Park.
And instead he has switched his attentions to bringing in either Samuel Umtiti, who scored a blinder for Lyon at Tottenham in the Europa League on Thursday, or Digne as they offer much more scope for the future.
According to Metro, it is £7million-rated Digne, who will be sold by Lille to raise finances in the summer, who tops the wanted list following rave reports from United’s chief European scount Martin Ferguson, the United manager’s brother.
Digne first caught the eye playing for the French youth side last year and, despite signing a new contract with Lille in December which now runs through to 2017, is expected to make the switch to Old Trafford in the summer and be taken under the wing of Evra.
Inter Milan and Arsenal are also understood to have expressed an interest in signing Digne, who has now played 39 times for Lille since making his debut last season.