CM: Botman rejects Newcastle and agrees terms with Milan as Maldini motors towards €30m deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are moving closer to being able to announce the signing of Sven Botman from Lille having reached an agreement over personal terms, a report claims.

Calciomercato.com reports that the work of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara is leading to decisive steps forward in their pursuit of the Dutchman as an agreement has been found with Botman over personal terms on the basis of a five-year contract at €3m net plus bonuses per season.

Thanks to the Growth Decree tax relief scheme in Italy, the salary of Botman will cost around €5m gross for the Rossoneri per year. There is also optimism that Milan will soon reach a definitive agreement also with Lille, as Massara and Maldini plan to close the deal on the basis of €30m plus bonuses.

The road to a final and total agreement is now downhill and Botman has been key in this too, because in recent days he said ‘no’ to a new Newcastle attempt. Botman wants Milan, and he has already talked about the idea with his former team-mate and his friend Mike Maignan.

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5 Comments

  1. i would never buy a Botman for 30mio or a Tomori for 28mio, but they will learn it once again. Just afraid that Dortmund will have all talents again…

  2. I believe what Pipo wants to state is that Milan spends just too less on attacking line up in comparison with defensive line up. All the major teams are spending big amounts on Strikers, Wingers and No 10s. And, Milan are only planning loan deals or players nearing retirement in this area. Even now, team’s main requirements are in RW, No 10 and Striker but we are not investing even 15 million for players in these areas. Boatman is not our priority. We can easily increase half a million and retain Romagnoli. Rest of the amount can be invested in buying an offensive player. Thanks.

    1. Vikram, I agree that those positions need immediate reinforcement, but the Italian adage that defence wins championships is true. Juventus won 9 straight having the best defensive unit in the league. It’s like the foundation of a house. The stronger it is, the higher you can build. I think management knows where we need improvements. Let’s be patient and keep in mind that two seasons ago we were 5th and not close to the top. Now we’re joint leaders and fighting for the title. Also remember we’re still under FFP oversight (which may be ending this summer or next, unsure). I think we’ve done incredibly well given our budget. Patience.

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