Everton are hoping to tie down Lucas Digne to a new long term contract after he was linked with a January move to Man City.
The left back has been in great form this season when he’s been available.
He was an important part of the Toffees’ exciting start to the campaign before picking up an injury in November.
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Digne has since been linked with a move to fellow Premier League side Man City, forcing Everton officials into action.
According to the Daily Mail, the Toffees are in talks with Digne about a new long term deal.
The report states that talks are looking ‘positive’, hinting at a swift conclusion for all parties involved.
Digne’s current deal expires in June 2023 and earns him a reported £90,000 a week.
That’s the deal he originally signed back in August 2018 when joining Everton from Barcelona for an £18 million fee.
Everton chiefs want to improve his current contract to prevent any interest in a move to City.
In December, Pep Guardiola’s side were linked with a big money move for Digne.
It’s thought that Guardiola had named the 27-year-old as his ideal left back, to replace the likes of Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Chelsea were also linked with the Frenchman in July, despite Everton deciding to hold out for a high fee.
Digne is currently training to return to the first team after receiving ankle surgery. Everton coaches are hoping that he will be back before the end of the month, when they play Steve Bruce’s Newcastle on Saturday 30th January.
Ancelotti is having to use versatile defender Ben Godfrey at left back. The 22-year-old has been impressive when called upon, but he provides far less attacking threat.
The Toffees’ next fixture is against Rotherham United on Saturday in the FA Cup.