By Danny Mills

9th Jan, 2022 | 1:30pm

Everton tipped to secure £30m Digne deal after source's reveal - Mills

Danny Mills has backed Everton to secure a £30million fee for Lucas Digne.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England defender claimed Everton are in a “strong position” and may wait to sell in the summer if they do not receive a satisfactory bid this month.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday (5 January) Aston Villa have registered their interest in Digne and Newcastle United are also circling.

The Blues want to sell the left-back permanently and value him at around the £30milion mark.

“He’s a French international, he’s a fantastic player,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Something’s obviously gone wrong at Everton, there’s obviously been a bit of a falling out. He doesn’t want to be there, Rafa Benitez doesn’t want him there.

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“He’s not really been involved at all. It looks like they are going to try and cash in either now or in the summer, assuming Rafa Benitez is still there in the summer.

“They’d probably be looking at getting a bid of £30million to get him out there. I can see them getting that.

“They’re not desperate for cash, they don’t have to let him go. It’s not going to do Everton any damage if they sit and wait until the summer.

“He’s only just signed a new contract so they can sit there and say ‘Unless we get the money that we want you’re not going, simple as that’.

“Everton are still in a strong position at the moment. Unless the money is right they can say to him ‘You’re going to have to hang around until the summer until we get the money that is right’.”

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