Cheering news from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea top target now ready to choose the Blues playing for Thomas Tuchel ahead rivals.
Chelsea’s reported target Lucas Digne is said to prefer a move to London over Newcastle, after the Magpies submitted a bid for the Everton defender.
The long-term injury to Ben Chilwell has reportedly persuaded the Blues to head into the transfer market for a replacement and Digne has been heavily linked in the media.
Digne has not featured for Everton over the festive period after an apparent fall out with manager Rafa Benitez over tactics, and looks set to depart Goodison Park during this transfer window.
It has been claimed on many occasions that Chelsea are interested in doing a loan deal with Everton for Digne with the option to make the move a more permanent one at the end of the season.
Now, amid all the speculation that Newcastle are also interested in a transfer deal for Digne, Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie, who covers the North-East of England, has said Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United have made the first move out of Premier League clubs for his signature, but Digne would much prefer a move to sign with Chelsea.
‘Newcastle have made a £22.5m bid for Lucas Digne, with Sean Longstaff offered to Everton as part of the deal,’ Downie tweeted.
‘However left-back Digne has indicated he would prefer a move elsewhere, with London duo Chelsea and West Ham interested.’
If Digne joined Newcastle, he would get far more game time than he would at Chelsea, but he would be joining a project. He clearly wants to make the step up in the game and play for one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.
And to be quite honest, Chelsea play the kind of football that would appeal to Digne, and suit his style of play. There are many weeks left in the transfer window, so lest see what happens