Aston Villa have signed Everton left-back Lucas Digne in a deal price as much as £25m.
It follows a number of days of negotiations, through which Villa beat off curiosity from Chelsea, Newcastle and West Ham for the previous Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona defender.
Steven Gerrard brings in his second signing as supervisor following the arrival of his former Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho, with Brighton’s midfielder Yves Bissouma additionally a goal.
Gerrard advised the club’s website: “When Lucas turned accessible we jumped on the alternative to convey him to the membership.
“To signal a participant of his pedigree and high quality within the January window is a good addition to our squad and his arrival excites me and everybody related to Aston Villa.”
Digne says Gerrard was “the principle issue” behind his choice to maneuver to Villa.
“I got here right here for the supervisor,” stated Digne.
“I had an excellent assembly with him, and we spoke a few instances throughout this month. I really feel his need to win, to point out his soccer as a supervisor – the attacking soccer, the possession.
“I really feel it is what I would like and what I wish to present to the followers.”
Digne, who had three-and-a-half years remaining on his Everton contract, advised the membership he needed to depart Goodison Park this month after falling out with supervisor Rafa Benitez.
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Digne appeared to take a parting shot at Benitez on Wednesday evening in a farewell submit to Evertonians, after the Spaniard made public his need to depart final week.
“Every little thing should come to an finish,” Digne wrote on Instagram. “I simply didn’t anticipate it to finish this fashion. What has occurred and a few issues that was stated about me within the final month has made me very unhappy.
“I’ll at all times carry you with me in my coronary heart wherever I’m going.
“Generally it solely takes one individual from exterior to destroy a ravishing love affair.”
Sky Sports activities Information had been advised Everton needed £30m for Digne, who joined from Barcelona in 2018.
Everton have already signed Ukraine international Vitaliy Mykolenko as a substitute. The Toffees additionally secured the providers of Rangers and Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson in a deal price £16m earlier within the January window.
To date this season, Digne has performed 15 video games and scored as soon as for Everton, who’re fifteenth within the desk forward of their conflict away at Norwich on Saturday.
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