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I wrote an article just over a week ago stating that Paris Saint-Germain were in need of signing a left-back to provide competition for Maxwell who has more or less been competing on his own for that spot in the last 18-months. With Siaka Tiene now at Montpellier, it left ‘Max’ solely as the only recognised senior left-back at the club. But, that has now changed with the acquisition of Lucas Digne who completed his move to the champions yesterday.
He has moved from Lille for a fee of €15m, signing a five-year contract. It is a fantastic signing for the club, beating Monaco to the punch who were also keen on luring the 19-year-old. It has been no secret that Le Parisiens have been chasing the Frenchman for some time with dialogue between both PSG and LOSC beginning back in May – perhaps even earlier than that.
He will not be just arriving to play second fiddle to Maxwell, he will be looking to get into the team and make that position his own. He has his work cut out though. Max has been one of PSG’s unsung heroes, ever present, always consistent and very rarely puts a foot wrong. He arguably had the best season of his career just gone and the stats pretty much back that up. But, at 32 the club have had to look at the bigger picture. Bringing in a young Frenchman who can blossom into one of Europe’s marquee fullbacks fit the criteria to a tee.
The Cavani deal is impressive but this is by far the shrewder acquisition. With Roma’s Marquinhos looking set to join – also 19 years of age – it is apparent the club are looking long term with these dealings. With Adrien Rabiot back at the club after a five-month spell at Toulouse, he will be licking his lips to stake a claim in central midfield. Bear in mind Marco Verratti will be entering his second season at the club too – 21 in November – you realise that there is a lot of top young talent at the club that will grow and grow.