Pundit Exclusive: Digne could scupper cut-price Everton signing
Michael Brown has claimed that Lucas Digne’s prominence at Everton could scupper their plans to sign Wigan Athletic left-back Antonee Robinson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League midfielder suggested that the 23-year-old may be put off a switch to Goodison Park because of the low likelihood of him starting regularly ahead of the Frenchman.
Sky Sports reported earlier in the week that the Toffees have entered the race for the USA international alongside Fulham and Sheffield United.
It is understood that the Blades have already had a bid of around £2 million accepted for the player, who had a relegation clause written into his contract with the Latics that means he is available for a cut-price fee this summer.
But Brown has questioned whether he would be willing to play second fiddle to Digne on Merseyside.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Obviously with Leighton Baines saying that he’s retiring, you can see that they want some cover in that position.
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“In Premier League terms, £2 million isn’t a huge amount of money. I think there’ll be quite a few suitors for him, it won’t just be Everton.
“But if I’m him and I’m looking to see which club I’m going to go to, you’d probably say at Everton he’s not going to play football because of Lucas Digne. You’ve got to consider that.
“It might not help Everton’s situation to have a guaranteed left-back already.”
Robinson looked set to join AC Milan in a £10 million deal back in January, but the transfer fell through in the eleventh hour after he was found to have an underlying medical issue.
The full-back was previously on the books at Everton, but left the club on a permanent deal last summer after loan spells at Bolton Wanderers and Wigan.
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