Saturday 22 October 2016

Lucas Digne move from PSG will conclude Liverpool's summer spending

Mark Ogden

Published 08/08/2015 | 10:37

Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Liverpool Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Lucas Digne has been linked with a move to Liverpool Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Yes, we know a proposed Liverpool transfer for the 'new Martin Odegaard' (who is already rather new himself), Edvard Tagseth, is all well and good, but today's latest batch of rumours include more professional footballers and less children, which has got to be encouraging for Liverpool in the short term. The latest? Liverpool are preparing to complete their summer of spending with a late, late swoop for the French defender, Lucas Digne.

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Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre recently suggested that the club have "achieved all of our transfer targets this summer". However that was before Digne, a long term Liverpool target, revealed that he was actively looking to leave his current club, PSG. Roma are already believed to have made a bid, and Rodgers is desperate not to miss out on a player who he has long admired, apparently now going for peanuts (peanuts = £5 million).

Digne's agent is the man who sparked all the speculation, by chatting to the football website Goal.

"It's simple: there are the Euros at end of the season and Lucas will no longer waste time," he said, simply.

"He wants to re-join the France squad for Euro 2016. And that can only happen with game time.

"He must be able to play in a big club and, above all, to have a starting spot. Otherwise, it’s not worth leaving PSG."

A move for the 22 year old will not be easy, however, with the player open to the idea of playing for Roma, who will compete in the Champions League this season. West Ham are also thought to have made a bid in the region of £5.6 million.

Now for your regular Mario Balotelli update: it doesn't look like he'll be off anytime soon. Sorry.

It has been claimed in the Italian press that the striker 'offered himself' to Inter Milan, but that Roberto Mancini turned him down. We cannot possibly think why.

The mighty Al-Ahli Dubai F.C did express an interest, but Balotelli was quick to shoot them down. That's mostly because he's desperate of an escape route back to Italy, with Football Italia going wild over the number of prospective moves he could make.

A transfer to Lazio? A loan to Sampdoria? A cut price bargain basement move to Bologna? In reality all are possible, but it's Balotelli's wages which are proving the problem, with Liverpool unwilling to part-fund any transfer or loan.

They are, though, willing to take a hit on the his market value. The President of Sampdoria accidently revealed that the current going rate is a paltry £7 million. That's less than Connor Wickham. I repeat: that is less than Connor Wickham.

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