Chelsea have been given a free run to sign unsettled Everton star Lucas Digne after the Toffees lined up Ukraine international Vitaliy Myolenko.
The left-back, 22, is on course to become an Everton player when the January transfer window opens. Trusted transfer guru Fabrizio Romano broke the news, revealing Myolenko would complete his medical with the Toffees today (Friday).
The Dynamo Kiev star has reportedly agreed personal terms and will set Everton back around £17.9m.
However, Myolenko’s arrival may have a direct impact on Chelsea’s plans for the winter window.
The Blues are light at left-wingback following Ben Chilwell’s ACL injury. Marcos Alonso has filled the void, though the Spaniard is woefully out of form at present.
Alonso was replaced by Saul Niguez during Chelsea’s clash with Everton on Thursday night after another sub-par showing. The on-loan midfielder has played at wingback before during his latter days at Atletico, though it is far from an ideal solution.
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As such, Chelsea have drawn links with Everton’s Lucas Digne. A loan deal with an option to buy at £21.3m was reportedly on their agenda.
The 28-year-old would fit Tuchel’s demands being a pro-active and attack-minded full-back. Until recently, the thought of selling Digne would’ve been unpalatable at Goodison Park.
However, the Frenchman has reportedly fallen out with Toffees boss Rafael Benitez.
Digne was overlooked for selection against Arsenal and Crystal Palace following an apparent training ground row. For the trip to Chelsea, the Guardian claimed Digne had ruled himself out with an alleged illness.
With a new left-back on the way, a fresh Guardian report stated Digne could now be axed.
In their words, Myolenko’s arrival has ‘paved the way’ for Digne to leave. Romano echoed those sentiments, tweeting Digne ‘could really leave Everton in January if a good proposal arrives’.
As such, all eyes will now be on Tuchel and Chelsea.
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