MN: Elliott’s approval and necessity to sell – why Milan’s optimism over Botman deal is rising

By Oliver Fisher -

The January transfer window is now open, and AC Milan’s owners Elliott Management are also open to making a big investment for the defensive department.

MilanNews reports that two names stand out above the other targets: Amadou Diallo of Paris Saint-Germain and Sven Botman of Lille. For the former there is an asking price of €25m and PSG are not open to any kind of loan formula, while the financial situation at Lille means that the Botman track could soon become red hot.

They need to raise cash despite having sold Ikoné to Fiorentina while Milan’s owners have confirmed their willingness to make a major financial investment to strengthen the defence and cover for Simon Kjaer. While Elliott no longer have anything to do with Lille, the two clubs have good relations as seen with the Leao, Djalo and Maignan operations.

A loan with option to buy is what Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara are shooting for, and there is another boost: Botman’s asking price could drop from the original €30m to about €20m plus bonuses.

Contacts between the members of the Milan management are underway to understand the margins, but deep down they all know the Dutchman is the right profile to come in and partner Fikayo Tomori hopefully for the long term.

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