A report has provided a crucial update on Newcastle and AC Milan’s battle to sign Sven Botman from Lille.
The centre-back made 47 appearances in 2020-21, helping Lille to win their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years. He had to deal with groin and hamstring injuries during the more recent campaign but still played in 32 matches across all competitions.
Botman has the potential to become one of the top central defenders in Europe. He is an imposing presence, standing at over 6ft 3in. He is also mobile and a threat from set pieces, which explains why so many clubs have sent scouts to watch him.
Plus, Botman is still only 22, which means he has plenty of time to get even better.
Newcastle were hoping to bring Botman to the Premier League in the winter window. But they couldn’t complete a deal as Lille were unwilling to sell midway through the season.
Milan soon joined the hunt and are now vying with Newcastle for the Dutchman’s signature.
Last week, Botman confirmed Newcastle and Milan were both hoping to capture him. More recently, the star revealed his agent to be working on a deal for him to join Milan.
Get French Football News provide a significant update on Botman’s future, while citing Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
AC Milan lack confidence in Sven Botman pursuit
They claim Milan to be more confident about signing Renato Sanches from Lille than his team-mate Botman.
While talks with Portuguese midfielder Sanches are progressing smoothly, the Italian outfit are worried about interest in Botman arising from England.
They still wish to add both players to Stefano Pioli’s squad before pre-season begins. However, club officials are seemingly wary of Newcastle when it comes to Botman’s next move.
Clearly, Newcastle are doing something right. They should now act on this uncertainty by officially opening talks with Lille, if Botman is top of their wish list.
Botman’s desire is to play at a higher level than he is currently. Milan, the new Serie A champions, can offer him this.
Newcastle cannot, but they are certainly on the right path. The Magpies left the relegation zone to finish 11th in the Premier League this term.
Another strong transfer window could see Eddie Howe’s team break into the top 10 next season and then make European qualification the campaign after that.
Milan are still in pole position for Botman, but it appears Newcastle are in with a shout and causing their transfer rivals some worry.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are ‘looking at’ a Watford player to bolster their forward options this summer.