Everton’s Lucas Digne has joined Aston Villa from Everton after the clubs struck a deal worth up to £25m for the full-back.
Head Coach Steven Gerrard said:
“When Lucas became available we jumped at the opportunity to bring him to the club.
“To sign a player of his pedigree and quality in the January window is a great addition to our squad and his arrival excites me and everyone associated with Aston Villa.”
Lucas Digne has become the second high-profile signing for Aston Villa, who have completed the loan signing of Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
Despite an electric start for Everton, the French left back fell out of favour since Rafael Benitez took charge of the club. Two new full backs have joined Everton in the January window, with Scotland right back Nathan Patterson joining from Rangers and Ukraine left back Vitaliy Mykolenko arriving at Goodison Park for a combined fee of around £30 million.
Everton had also inquired about Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi but any deal will be separate.
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The deal for the Brazil international includes an option to buy the 29-year-old for £33m at the end of the season. Although the club are reportedly paying less than 50% of Coutinho’s wages until then.
Last week Benitez said France international Lucas Digne “doesn’t want to be here”, having not started for Everton since 1 December. Several clubs were interested in the left-back, including Newcastle United, Chelsea and unnamed Serie A clubs, but Aston Villa wee the first club to have a bid accepted for the player.
El Ghazi moving the other was always slated to be a separate move, with Villa valuing the player at £15m, and Everton keen on taking him on loan until the end of the season rather than as a permanent signing.
El Ghazi signed for Villa in 2019 after a season on loan at Villa Park from Ligue 1 side Lille, and the 26-year-old has made 71 Premier League appearances for the Villains, scoring 15 goals.