Liverpool have opened talks to sign Manchester United target Lucas Digne at the end of the season, according to the Mirror. The Lille left-back was previously linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer as a long term replacement for French international Patrice Evra.
The report suggests the Merseyside club have already started negotiations to bring the highly rated left-back to Anfield in the summer. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers now wants to move quickly to land the 19-year-old, and the Reds are preparing an £8m bid to sign Digne at the end of the season.
The teenager has been in impressive form for Rudi Garcia's side, making 31 Ligue 1 appearances this season. His performances have caught the eyes of top European clubs as the Mirror clams the Premier League champions, their arch rivals Manchester City, Udinese and Ajax are also interested in the young star.
Digne is currently under contract with Lille until 2016 and is considered one of Ligue 1's brightest prospects. Despite interest from other clubs, Liverpool are in pole position for the defender's signature.
The addition of Digne to the Liverpool squad would give Rodgers more options for his first-choice back four, where Jose Enrique currently occupies the left-back slot but may prefer a more attacking role.
Digne, meanwhile, is said to be flattered to be linked with a move to Old Trafford, but insists that he is happy with the current employers. He has expressed his desire to continue with Lille beyond this season, despite the growing interest from English clubs.
"Suitors? I don't pay any attention to that. Really. I joined a group of players who were champions of France when I was just 18 and I realise that I have experienced something really quickly, because I didn't expect to play so often," Digne told L'Equipe
"I hear I am one of the most promising full-backs, but what does it mean? How many players were promising and what did they do then? Leaving Lille? It is the club where I have been educated, and I am very fine here. We will see," he said.