Danny Mills has questioned why Everton would want to sell Lucas Digne this summer after his “brilliant” debut campaign.
The left-back, 25, joined the Merseysiders last summer from Barcelona for £18million (BBC Sport) and has reportedly attracted interest from clubs including Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former England international Mills claimed it would make no sense for Everton to cash in on Digne even for a mammoth fee.
“Why would Everton want to sell Lucas Digne?” Mills told Football Insider. “They brought him in last summer and he has been brilliant. He’s now worth £40million, more than double what they paid.”
“He’s a very good left-back. I first watched him play at the Under-20s World Cup and he looked a top young player. He is technically very good and he will get better as he gets more used to the Premier League.”
Digne firmly established himself as the first choice left-back after signing from Barcelona, making 33 Premier League starts among his 38 appearances in all competitions.
He is widely regarded as one of the best attacking full-backs in the Premier League, scoring four goals and supplying five assists last season.
The 24-times France international has won league titles in Spain and France, playing for Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Lille in addition to Barca.