PM: Milan rivalling Liverpool for €30m Lille star after excellent scouting reports

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan could swoop to try and beat Liverpool to the signing of Lille defender Sven Botman in January, according to a report.

Milan’s priority in January is to buy a new centre-back given that injuries have vastly depleted Stefano Pioli’s options while Léo Duarte and Mateo Musacchio are not considered part of the plans.

Calciomercato.it recently reported that scout leader Geoffrey Moncada is scouring the French market for possible reinforcements, and that Botman is one of a seven-man list of players that has caught his eye.

According to PianetaMilan, Milan scouts have indeed put Botman’s name down in their notebook as the 20-year-old has stood out in the Europa League, particularly in the two games against Milan.

He is  under contract until 30 June 2025 and therefore would cost around €30m, plus there is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to contend with, as they are apparently looking at Botman as a replacement for injured Virgil van Dijk.

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