AC Milan have a concrete interest in signing Sven Botman and they may have an assist from Lille, according to a report.
The ownership Elliott Management have shown a willingness to invest in the right players, young profiles who will help build a core for the future, as seen through the signings of Ismael Bennacer, Theo Hernandez, Rafael Leao and Fikayo Tomori, all of whom cost above €15m.
MilanNews writes that the 21-year-old Botman is the latest target, a Netherlands international who has already recorded 62 appearances and 1 goal for Lille. He came through the youth sector of Ajax where he moved from a role as striker to a centre-back. He made 26 appearances and scored 2 goals in his first season among professionals but was sold to Lille for €8m euros.
He formed an excellent partnership alongside the experienced Jose Fonte, forming a solid pairing that – along with 37 appearances in his first season with Les Dogues – led them to the Ligue 1 trophy.
His 1.95m height and his 81kg weight make him an imposing frame, but he can also play as either centre-back in a back four, possessing good speed and clean interventions as seen by the fact he has only 7 yellow cards in his career.
The report adds that Milan see potential for him to be partnered with Fikayo Tomori in the long term but he is now valued at €30m, but given the Dutchman is a profile of undoubted quality and the price testifies to this, Elliott may well be tempted to cough up.
The Rossoneri are tracking the player especially for June but do not exclude the possibility of bringing the operation forward by completing the negotiation with a deferred payment like a loan with option/obligation to buy. The interest is concrete, and now we wait for developments.