The 22-year-old centre-back has been a transfer target for both clubs throughout the summer and the latest developments appear good news for the Magpies.
— GuillaumeMP (@Guillaumemp) June 22, 2022
Lille Pushing for Sven Botman to Join Premier League Club
Bid Placed by the Magpies
According to the report, Newcastle have submitted a bid of just under £35 million, plus a further £4 million on bonuses. However, the Dutch defender is waiting for Milan to improve their offer and he sees the Italian club as his preferred destination.
The 22-year-old was targeted by Newcastle in the January transfer window following their Saudi-backed takeover but stayed with Lille until the end of the current campaign.
This season, Botman turned out 34 times in all competitions as Lille finished in a disappointing tenth position in Ligue 1.
Newcastle have already strengthened ahead of next summer with the signing of England international Nick Pope from Burnley.
Jose Fonte, who is Sven Botman's centre back pairing at Lille, has said on TalkSport to look out for Botman to #NUFC 👀
— Magpie 24/7 – Newcastle United (@Magpie24_7) June 22, 2022
Problems for Milan
Like Newcastle, Serie A champions AC Milan have also been an admirer of the defender for some time, but they are yet to table a bid for the Dutchman.
Despite that, they have held talks over the player. They have also reportedly agreed a yearly salary of £2.5 million, although Di Marzio suggests the Magpies have offered £8.5 million more.
Lille Need to Sell
The reason for Lille pushing for Botman to move to the Premier League is purely for financial reasons. The Ligue 1 side are in a “tricky financial situation” – one which could cost club president Olivier Létang his job.
Despite the ongoing interest from Newcastle and Milan, Létang may even hold out amid new interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who could end up paying even more than what the Premier League club have offered.