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Man Utd, Arsenal firm up Sven Botman interest in ‘last few hours’ as €35m transfer takes new twist

Sven Botman June 2022

Manchester United and Arsenal have reportedly made enquiries for Sven Botman “in the last few hours” as the future of the Lille defender took a new twist.

The future of Botman, 22, has been under the microscope since the winter when Newcastle tried to sign the player. However, all of the Magpies’ advances were rejected by Lille. leaving Botman to decide his future this summer.

Botman will jet off on holiday at the end of the week after signing off from Holland Under-21 duty.

Newcastle and AC Milan are the two protagonists in the hunt for the €30m man. 

The Newcastle Chronicle claims Botman’s representatives briefed the Dutch media on Wednesday. But neither Newcastle or Milan had sealed a deal for the centre-back.

Botman though, who is in Wales with his country, is pushing for his future to be resolved so that he can enjoy his summer break.

Newcastle are said to be prepared to meet Lille’s €30m to €35m asking price, according to the Telegraph. But it seems as though Botman is leaning towards Milan.

Tuttomercatoweb claim that while the Magpies have a verbal, financial agreement with Lille, the player himself is not so keen.

The Italian outfit claim Botman would prefer to play in the Champions League and have a chance of competing for silverware. However, Milan’s financial situation means that they are unable to put up the money that Lille are asking for.

 

And to complicate matters further now, Manchester United and Arsenal have made contact over the player.

Ten Hag saw Botman potential

A product of the famed Ajax academy, Botman is wanted by former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and Mikel Arteta in the capital.

Repubblica, via pianetamilan report that both clubs “have carried out a survey on the Dutch defender in the last few hours”.

Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed Ten Hag is now warming to a move for Botman.

He is considerably cheaper than some of the other options on the table for United. And Repubblica suggest contact has been made with Arsenal also chasing the player.

Ten Hag knows Botman well, watching the player progress at Ajax.

Speaking before Ajax faced Lille in February 2021, Ten Hag said, “Am I amazed at his development? No, I am actually not.

“We already saw the potential at Ajax. We have lent him to Heerenveen and he has continued his development well there.”