From England: Milan beat Newcastle to signing of defender amid €33m agreement

By Isak Möller -

Sven Botman appears to be just one step away from joining AC Milan, having been linked with the club for several months. In fact, the Rossoneri have reached an agreement with Lille for the transfer, a report claims. 

Milan were linked with the Dutch defender already back in January, as the directors seemingly tried to make an attempt to anticipate the competition. A deal was never struck, but the Rossoneri continued contacts with Botman’s entourage.

Fabrizio Romano reported earlier today that an agreement is very close, and now The Northern Echo add that an agreement already is in place. Milan will pay an initial fee of €33m to Lille, which could increase if certain bonuses are activated.

Botman will sign a five-year deal worth around €3.5m per year, set to become Milan’s first signing for the summer. This also means that Newcastle can count themselves out of the race, per the report, despite making two high bids in January.

The centre-back will be a good addition to the Milan squad especially since captain Alessio Romagnoli might be on his way out. Replacing him with another left-footed defender is, therefore, ideal.

Tags AC Milan Lille Newcastle Sven Botman


  1. I cannot understand the obsession with defenders. It seems like Milan is consciously trying to avoid any attempt to fix our issues in the market because we can’t afford the reinforcements.

    It’s a good buy, no doubt, but honestly I’m not exactly excited about it.

    1. The key to a good team is having a solid defense. It doesn’t matter how good you are going forward if you are conceding goals.

      All of our great teams had the best or close to the best back 4 of their era.

      1. Good point. Although this can only be validated when we get a piece a Silverware. Until then, we can only assume to be doing the right thing.

        1. We can get Scudetto and coppa this season . Botman are good replacement for Romagnoli. We have 4 strong CB next season : botman ,Tomori,kalulu,Kjaer. Of course management already know our weakest pos are RW,they will allocating some budget on RW since we Will sign free transfer striker like origi

      2. It’s a different era now. Defenders aren’t as disciplined as they once were and besides that, we already have a good defense. This is a lot of money to spend on an area we’re good in already. Also didn’t Alessio want 3.5m?… I know it’s more because we save funds with the foreign player tax break but still it’s a lot extra to spend to get marginally better… and.. is he really better than Kalulu?….

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