Danny Mills has urged Everton to scrap any plans to sell Lucas Digne in a part-exchange deal with Tottenham for Danny Rose.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international believes Digne is a far superior player to Rose and his value will continue to increase while the Spurs man’s plummets in the coming seasons.
He is convinced it would be a mistake for Everton to, as reported by the Star, accept cash and the England international for their own left-back.
“That wouldn’t be a good deal, Everton must pull the plug if they’re thinking of that,” Mills told Football Insider. “What benefit would Everton get from that?
“Danny Rose is a fine player but he’s nearly 30 (he turns 29 next month) and Everton are looking for younger players who have the potential to improve.
“Lucas Digne is worth £40million now. Even if Everton get some cash as well as Rose, I don’t see the deal as a positive swap for them. Digne is a fabulous player who they need to keep.”
Digne joined Everton from Barcelona last summer for £18million and has firmly established himself as the first choice left-back.
He made 33 Premier League starts among his 38 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying five assists as well as proving to be a set-piece expert.
The 24-times France international has an impressive CV that includes spells at Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Lille in addition to Barca, as well as league titles in Spain and France.