PSG sign Lucas Digne from Lille
French champions Paris Saint-Germain have snapped up Lille's highly-rated left-back Lucas Digne
Having got their prime target upfront in Edison Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain have now set about fixing holes in other areas of their squad.
One such area was the left-back position and they have moved quickly to sign up young French wonderkid Lucas Digne just 24 hours after sealing the move of Cavani.
The 19-year-old Digne, who will turn 20 on Saturday, has signed a five-year contract with PSG, announced the club on Wednesday.
Though the club didnot mention a fee, PSG is said to have agreed to pay the €15m price asked by Lille.
Digne, who came up through Lille’s youth system, became first-choice for the club last season after having slowly broken into the first team in the 2011-12 season and was one of the best players for the club last season.
An obvious star of the future, after having made his debut for the French U16 national team in 2008, Digne has gone on to represent his country at every youth level through to the U20 team since then.
Along with Paul Pogba, Alphonse Areola and others, Digne was one of the shining lights of the U20 French team that won the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey this summer.
“Lucas Digne, a rising star of French football and recent winner of the U20 World Cup, was the subject of transfer interest from a number of major clubs and has chosen Paris Saint-Germain to continue his progression on the European stage.”, said the president of PSG, Naseer Al-Khelaifi.
He continued: “We are delighted to welcome this young French player into our squad.”
Digne, who will wear the number 21 jersey, told the club's website: "To play for Paris Saint-Germain, with these exceptional players, is a dream come true. I'm very happy. After the World Champion title in Turkey, I am having an incredible summer. I would like to thank the club for the confidence they have placed in me."
With the departure of the longest serving player of the club, Sylvain Armand, who left for Rennes on a free transfer, Maxwell was the only recognised left-back left in the squad.
And though the 31-year-old performed well as the club's first choice left back last season, his new U20 world champion team-mate, Digne might just pip him to the team-sheet next season.
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