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Sven Botman claims transfer news arriving ‘almost every day’ as Newcastle, AC Milan battle for deal

Sven Botman, Vanderson Lille v Monaco May 2022

Newcastle target Sven Botman has admitted that he is hearing news about AC Milan interest “almost every day”, with his Lille future in serious doubt.

The Netherlands Under-21 international has attracted interest following an impressive spell in Ligue 1. The Magpies targeted a swoop in the January transfer window but could not get a deal over the line.

In the meantime, Milan have worked on persuading Botman over a move to Italy to advance his career.

Botman recently confirmed that “talks are underway” over his future. He added that he wants to seal his next move in time for pre-season at whichever club signs him.

Speaking in a fresh interview with ESPN, the the 22-year-old revealed that he is hearing regular updates – more so about Milan than Newcastle.

“AC Milan deal? We are working on that,” Botman said. “It’s difficult for me to stay distant from things at the moment, I hear something about this almost every day.

“Things are in progress and I hope there will be more clarity before the pre-season.”

Botman played 32 games in the 2021/22 season but struggled with groin and hamstring injuries.

Last term, though, he amassed 37 Ligue 1 outings out of 38 to help lead Lille to the French top-flight title.

He has three years left on his contract, but it looks as if Botman is eyeing a move away ahead of next season.

Newcastle looked to the centre-back as they tried to bolster their front line in manager Eddie Howe’s first transfer window in charge.

In the end, the Magpies turned to former Brighton man Dan Burn, who has impressed at St James’ Park.

Botman onto better things

Sven Botman, Lille v Monaco May 2022

Botman looks as if he remains focused on a move to AC Milan, with the Rossoneri and Newcastle different projects in their own right.

Milan go into next season as the reigning Italian champions and they will want to defend their Serie A title.

They will also want to get out of next season’s Champions League group stages, something they didn’t manage in Group B in 2021/22 as they finished bottom behind Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Porto.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are looking to secure a top-10 Premier League finish after steering themselves impressively away from relegation troubles.

Whichever path Botman decides, his impressive rise so far means he can be a valuable asset to either club.