Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Sven Botman from Lille, despite interest from AC Milan and a belated approach from Manchester United.
That’s according to the UK’s Telegraph, who suggest Botman could be Eddie Howe’s second signing of the summer after he failed to complete the deal in January despite retaining interest.
In the time since, it looks like Italy and AC Milan will be his destinations, but this looks less likely as the weeks drag on and reports suggest it could only be a matter of time before. as he wears a black and white striped shirt this summer.
‘The battle between Newcastle and the newly crowned champions of Italy is still inconclusive – and officials in Milan could still move once again to execute the plan – but there is growing faith in St James ‘ Park that the centre-back will decide to move from France to Tyneside,’ they claimed.
Botman will become the second addition to the Magpies following the permanent signing of Matt Targett, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Tyneside outfit.
They are also expected to add a striker and central midfielder, while they have also been linked with a goalkeeper in the shape of Dean Henderson.
Manchester United: Too little, too late?
Reports of interest from Manchester United took the lead earlier this week, with the Red Devils appearing to be struggling to reinforce defensively as the rumor mill continues to spin at Old Trafford.
Jurrien Timber looks set to stay at Ajax, and while the likes of Pau Torres and Goncalo Inacio have been linked, nothing concrete is expected in either move as of now. Offers of interest in Botman were not able to hit the mark at the time, with the defender having attracted interest from top clubs before and having worked his way through the ranks at Ajax before. when switching to Lille.
However, given that the two remaining parties in the race have been working on a deal for months, they may have left any approach too late.
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