AC Milan are set to sign Sven Botman from Lille this summer and that raises questions about what will become of Pierre Kalulu’s role in the side.
According to Calciomercato.com, Milan are very close to signing Botman as only a few details are remaining before a deal worth €33m including bonuses is completed. Except for surprises, the Dutchman will be Paolo Maldini and Milan’s first summer signing and represents a significant investment, beating competition from Newcastle.
Numerically Botman will replace Alessio Romagnoli, who will not renew his contract expiring in June and will sign a contract with Lazio, but the difference is that Botman will be a starter as he is seen as the perfect partner to Fikayo Tomori.
Pierre Kalulu has had a fantastic season so far and has shown all of his quality and potential even as a centre-back, meaning that in just a few months he has become a guarantee for Pioli. However, when Botman comes he will be forced to take a step back and will be a wild card again, even for the right-back role.
The first choice for that position is Davide Calabria, but the Rossoneri captain cannot be sure of his place, while the same applies to Tomori and Botman in the middle. Kalulu wants to take back what he has gained and the competition drives up the levels expected.