Welcome Lucas Digne: PSG Sign One Of The Gems Of French Football

Lucas Digne signs for PSG

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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.


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  1. In fact, the “U21 PSG team” (in which I add Sakho who is just 23) does not look bad on paper, a “team” including four U20 world champions 2013 (only right-back Sabaly was not a starter during the U20 World Cup) :

    Areola (U20 WC; 3rd PSG GK this year; played 2 L1 matches)

    Sabaly (U20 WC) , Marquinhos (played 14 matches for Brazil U17), Sakho (France A team), Digne (U20 WC; 40 CL and L1 matches with Lille this year)

    Lucas (Brazil A team), Verratti (U21 European finalist; Italy A team) , Rabiot (U19 French international; already played 1 CL and 19 L1 matches this year) – Coman (U17 French international; my favorite player from the PSG academy)

    Bahebeck (U20 WC; 27 matches in L1 this year) – Ongenda (U18 French international; just signed his first pro contract and scored a magnificent goal two weeks ago in a pre-season game after a pass from… Coman; see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDl_8F9YhHk)

    PSG U17 and U19 were both French champions last year with some of the players above, and were both unfortunate semi-finalists this year.

    In case some people missed the fact that PSG is also working hard on developing their youth academy.

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