Juventus have demanded a swap of Lucas Digne and Adrien Rabiot as Everton continue to chase the midfielder.
Adrien Rabiot is getting closer to Everton day by day as transfer talk continues to intensify. Everton have set their sights on signing the Frenchman and are working out on the financial aspect of the deal. Juventus value their ill-disciplined midfielder at €25 million and are in favor of a swap deal with the Toffees.
According to HITC, Juventus prefer a swap deal which would see Rabiot head to Goodison Park and Lucas Digne move in the opposite direction. The French left back joined Everton in 2018 from Barcelona for £18 million and since then has been one of the best player in the team. The 26 year old in his debut season amassed 4 goals and 4 assists in the League and kept veteran Leighton Baines out of the starting line up for the most part of the campaign.
Lucas Digne has begun the 2019/20 season on a positive note as well, registering 5 assists in 26 games before Corona Virus halted the league. In fact he is sits third for most assists by a defender in the league behind Trent Alexander Arnold (12 assists) and Andrew Robertson (7 assists). Under Carlo Ancelotti, the former PSG player has enjoyed more attacking freedom as he averages 2.2 key passes and 2.2 crosses per game. (stats via whoscored)
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It is quite clear why the Old Lady want a swap deal for Rabiot. However, is it worth to let go of Lucas Digne for Adrien Rabiot’s services? In my opinion definitely not. To let go one of the jewels of the squad for a riotous and desire-less player would be a foolish decision.
To make matters worse, Everton are also being linked to Ajax left back Nicolas Tagliafico which is adding fuel to fire the news of Lucas Digne’s exit. Even though Tagliafico is a brilliant player in his own right, Lucas Digne is best suited for the Toffees and Carlo Ancelotti must not even think of for once about entertaining the swap deal.
As big a fan Carlo Ancelotti is of Adrien Rabiot, a player he previously managed at PSG, he should not be willing to sacrifice one of the finest full backs in the League.