AC Milan are going full steam ahead to try and sign Lille defender Sven Botman in the January window, according to a report.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews), the injury to Simon Kjaer – who will be out for the whole season – has forced Milan to change their strategies and therefore they will sign a new defender next month with Botman top of their wish list.
The Dutchman has been on Milan’s radar since last summer and the hope of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara is that they will also be able to take advantage of their excellent relations with Lille, given the Leao, Djalo and Maignan deals.
The demand from the French club is quite high – around €30m – which means that it will not be an easy pursuit for the Rossoneri. Milan would like to repeat the same operation that brought Fikayo Tomori to the club a year ago: a paid loan with options to buy.
However, we now need to see whether they will accept such a formula given there are other clubs who want Botman, namely clubs from England with more money.