BBC confirm Botman as AC Milan’s first summer signing

BBC confirms that AC Milan will be the next club of Sven Botman with Newcastle losing the race for his services.

During the January transfer window AC Milan and Newcastle battled to secure the services of Lille defender Sven Botman. The French club decided to keep the Netherlands centre back despite tempting bids from the English club. However, Botman’s departure was only postponed for January.

BBC reports today that Sven Botman will become a new AC Milan player at the end of the season. Newcastle have lost any hope of convincing the 22-year-old to join their squad with Botman refusing a very rich contract from the Premier League club.

The Rossoneri have been following the Dutch centre back for quite a long time. Paolo Maldini believes he will be the long-term replacement of Simon Kjaer and the perfect partner for Fikayo Tomori at the heart of the defence.

The Lille star is expected to cost over 30 million euros with Elliott Management already giving the green light for his purchase. The talented defender will sign a five-year contract at around 2.5 million euros per season. The French club gem has made 25 appearances this season also finding the back of the net on 3 occasions.

Botman impressed with his performances last season guiding Lille to an unprecedented Ligue 1 triumph over PSG. At the same time Lille won the French Super Cup with 22-year-old play a key role in their success. Sven is renown for his exceptional positional awareness, being in the right place at the right time to sweep away the attempts of the opposition.

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