I must admit, I was worried for a few moments that Roma had let Lucas Digne slip through their fingers, but with PSG drawing out the string week after week, you couldn't really blame Roma for looking elsewhere. Digne may not rewrite the history of the position, but he fills so many immediate needs for this Roma squad and has so much potential for the future, that it would've been a loss had they missed out on his signature.
In typical Roma fashion, they moved quickly once Digne actually set foot in the city, moving from medical to official presentation in a matter of days.
According to the official PDF, Roma will take Digne off PSG's hands for the remainder of the season, to the tune of €2.5 million, while retaining an option to buy Digne next summer. Although the terms of this buyout clause were not released, it is rumored to be in the neighborhood of €15 million, meaning Digne will cost Roma roughly €18 million when all is said and done.
Digne, 22-years-old, reunites with Rudi Garcia, for whom he made his professional debut at Lille in 2011 before heading for greener pastures. The ensuing four years have been a mixed bag for Digne, as he capitalized on his Lille debut to make a €15 million move to PSG in the summer of 2013. Since then, as we've discussed, Digne had difficulty finding consistent minutes with the Parisian powerhouse, as he made only 29 league appearances during his two year stay at the Parc des Princes.
Nevertheless, Digne remains one of the more promising fullback prospects in the game today and is a safe bet to get first team minutes right off the bat, pushing Vasilis Torosidis back into his customary utility role.