AS Roma have formally announced the signing of Paris Saint-Germain left-back Lucas Digne on a season-long loan, with a view to making it permanent in the summer of 2016.
The defender has put pen to paper on a temporary deal, which will expire at the end of June next year, but the Serie A club have the right to make it a permanent deal if they choose to next season.
Roma will pay PSG a loan fee of around £1.8million for the season, but it's not yet understood how much they would have to pay next summer to make it a permanent move.
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The 22-year-old full-back revealed his plans to leave the Ligue 1 champions earlier in the summer after failing to break into Laurent Blanc's first-team on a regular basis.
Digne made only 17 appearances last season for the French side and confirmed that he was looking for a move with a trio of clubs interested in signing him.
Premier League Interest
Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool were briefly monitoring his situation in Paris, but it was reported that the French side didn't want to sell to the Merseyside club despite their concrete interest.
Brendan Rodgers' side only have one recognised left-back in Alberto Moreno, and it was thought that Digne would arrive to provide cover and competition for the Spaniard.
However, PSG confirmed that they wouldn't be selling the full-back, only to enter negotiations with Roma a few days later.
Digne has been in the Italian captain for the past few days, and he has completed and passed his medical before putting pen to paper on all the necessary paperwork before the club could officially announce the signing.
After the loan-deal was announced, the left-back spoke to the club's official TV station, Roma TV, and he revealed he chose to join the club because of it's legendary status.
Digne told Roma TV: “I chose AS Roma because it’s a legendary club with a big history. I know that in this city and at this club there’s everything you need to have success.”
Rudi Garcia has been in the market for a new left-back after he released veteran Ashley Cole halfway through his two-year deal at the club.
Roma agreed to sign the England international on a free transfer last summer, but after failing to impress in Italy Garcia took the decision to terminate his contract earlier this summer, making him a free agent once again.
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