AC Milan ready to compete with Newcastle for Sven Botman and have a deal with his representatives

As reported by Ignazio Genuardi, Italian club AC Milan are ready to maintain their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman, despite being faced with the newly-colossal resources of Newcastle United.

With this in mind, the Serie A side are preparing to commit greater resources to the deal to push through negotiations. Milan have already reached an agreement with the representatives of the former Ajax defender, who was also notably approached by Atalanta and Manchester United last summer, reports Genuardi.

Lille turned down an initial €35m bid from Newcastle earlier this week. The French club are keen to keep the defender until the end of the season with their Champions League campaign ongoing and are not open to any sort of loan arrangement. A large bid, however, could be too good to turn down for a club struggling with their financial situation – even if that situation has improved of late.

Furthermore, as GFFN reported this week, Botman may not be overly keen on a move to Newcastle. 21-year-old Botman placed 18th in the new GFFN 100, read his profile right here.


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