Repubblica: Milan identify €30m man as No.1 January target – Newcastle also keen

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are in the market for a new centre-back and they have identified their number one target for the January transfer window, according to a report.

The season-ending injury sustained by Simon Kjaer means that the Rossoneri want some defensive cover given they only have Tomori, Romagnoli and Gabbia as natural centre-back options, even if Kalulu can fill in there if needed. A number of targets have been linked, but the same name from France keeps popping up.

According to La Repubblica (via MilanNews), Milan’s main goal when the window opens again at the start of January is indeed to bolster the defence and their main target in that hunt is Sven Botman of Lille.

The Netherlands international has a rather high valuation of €30m given his age (21) and his high potential, and Milan must also be wary of the fact that the very wealthy Newcastle United are also after him.

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  1. Unless Lille is willing to part with him on Loan with an option to buy with a 99.76% discount, this will never happen.

    Gone are the days when AC Milan just opened bags of money and brought whoever they wanted. We neither have the reputation we had back then, nor do we have owners willing to invest in good, reliable players.

    We now only buy Schrödinger’s players now. Both shit and amazing at the same time and we have no idea what they are until we put them on the field.

      1. I love how blind some people are. They will scream Tomori and ignore all the rest of the shit that came after him. Yoko, Florenzi, Ture, Brahim, Messias, Giroud, Pellegri. Almost all of them subpar.

        1. Well said mate…People only see Tomorri, but we had infinite number of shit players who came also, and they still play for Milan. 30million player is out of our range…we will buy some shithead loan with option to biy fixed at max 10million. If you just could get rid of Castillejo, Krunic, and end the loans of Diaz, Bakayoko.

    1. Dont you know nothing about ffp?
      Just opened bags of money and boom.. Bankrupt
      Whats the point of bcoming inter who just won trophy last year but need to sell their best player.
      With that kind of logic, you want to buy botman now and sell tomori for next season.

      1. Or, or… And here me out… Instead of buying or loaning 10 shit players, you buy 2 good ones. I know it’s crazy, but just imagine doing that every mercato. Madness!

        They spent 30 mill on Tomori and over 40 mill on the rest of the trash. Now imagine that that 40 mill went for 1, just 1 good trequartista? Not sending Pobega, Colombo and Hauge on a loan? OMG the HORROR!!!

        1. Even with the 10 shit players to cover the squad. We still left with so many injured. Not to mention only 2 players.
          I dont agree with buying shit players just like you said. But right now, this is what we need. We need patient, explore some way to get profit without big risk until we have some stability. Thats why the deal is loan with an option to buy. This is bcause shit ffp rules.
          Lets get real, colombo pobega last season and preseason doesnt look ready. When they not performing, who’d still gonna take the blame

        2. And do you think we can get an 40mill player with a loan and option to buy? If loan with obligation i think we can get them. But if they dont perform than we still get shit player

  2. You can guarantee anyone linked to Milan before the market opens isn’t happening. Shame because I really rate botman. We’ve been linked to him for nearly two years now and probably will still be linked to him well into his stint with a premier league team or leipzig, dortmund or psg

  3. Would love to have Botman but we aren’t spending 30M in January for him and Lille will not sell now that they qualified for CL knockout stage…looks like Kamara is signing with Man U a 10M pound fee to Marseille? Missing out on such a player for 10M is such a horrible mistake especially since Kessie is going to leave for free…feels like kinda like when we lost Kóne to the German team – we wouldn’t pay 9M to sign him now he’s worth 30M lol. Ikone (RW) to Fiorentina for 15M? What a bargain. What are we doing I wonder. We will probably miss out on Faivre as well…. We cannot always wait for free transfers to sign players. I agree with what someone said above. Tomori and Tonali are the only players we signed worth the $$. The rest are all bench players – Giroud, Messias, Florenzi, Pellegri, Bakayoko, etc….we need to buy STARTERS! Striker, RW, CB, DM at the very least. Adil will make us forget the inconsistent Diaz at CAM. Seems like we will be fortunate just to keep 4th place at this rate…

  4. No loan option is best, if Lille will go for it.
    This guy is not as proven as you all think. For the moment hes not carded much, but his style of defence is sadly too aggressive for modern rules.
    He could be a next Vidic but could also bomb. For the moment Bremer is better for us. Cheaper. More physically powerful which compliments 183 i think Tomori. Can advance play from the back.

    Botman is hype becouse he is decent, 21 and from Netherlands. Ilya Zabarnyi (hard name to remember) is playing in Ukraine NT and Cl since he was 19.

    If he were from Netherlands and playing in Lille not Dinamo, he would cost 3 times more.

    Better risk with players from Eastern markets. Borussia, Inter and us in the past have had a great success with those.

    Id rather sign that Dinamo guy for 15 than Botman for 30 if we cannot have a loan.

    You all forgot Duarte and Caldara. We spent over 50m for guys who arent good enough for our bench.

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