13 Jul 2016

Contact Made: Liverpool make new bid to sign 'immense' €20m international. Done deal with Barcelona instead

Another one bites the dust. Liverpool have reportedly lost out to Barcelona in the race to sign France left-back Lucas Digne, a player linked with the Reds several times during Brendan Rodgers' reign.

In July 2015, French newspaper L'Equipe claimed that Liverpool made an official 'enquiry' about €20m-rated Digne.

Soon after, Sky Sports Italy journalist Guglielmo Cannavale made the following claim:

"Digne's agent has just confirmed to me that Liverpool are tracking him. Roma are interested too".

Well, it appears that Jurgen Klopp also rates 'immense' Digne. According to The Mirror today:

"Liverpool made a fresh enquiry for Digne before he agreed to join Barcelona. Sources close to Digne claim Liverpool were too slow to move and were also chasing Ben Chilwell".

The Mirror further claims:

"Sources also claim that Liverpool could have landed Digne for less than the €20m paid by Barca".

This is typical Liverpool: slow off the mark, then losing out on a target due to trying to sign a different player instead. In what universe is Chilwell a better option than Digne, who has over 100 senior appearances to his name (for PSG, Lille, and Roma), and 13 senior games for France?

Left-back continues to be a problem position for the Reds to fill this summer, and with the new season only a few weeks away, time is running out to find a top-class replacement for Alberto Moreno.


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