AC Milan have closed the signing of Sven Botman. The Rossoneri have reached an agreement with Lille over the transfer fee.
AC Milan have been following Lille star Sven Botman for a long time. The Rossoneri tried to purchase to Dutch centre back during the January transfer window to repalce the injured Simon Kjaer but without success. The French club were adamant in their decision to keep the 22-year-old until the end of the season.
Now, the end of the season is close and the transfer of Sven Botman to AC Milan is considered just a matter of time. The former Ajax talent has agreed a five-year contract with the Rossoneri months ago. Botman has chosen AC Milan as his next clubs refusing a very rich proposal from Newcastle.
According to reports from England, the Rossoneri have now reached a total agreement with Lille. AC Milan will pay a transfer fee of €30 million for Botman plus bonuses report 90min.com journalists Jack Gallagher and Graeme Bailey. A long saga that is finally coming to an end.
AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini played a key role in convincing the player according to the English journalists. The call of a legend like Maldini is tough to refuse for every player, especially for a defender.
Sven Botman immediately established himself as one of the best players in Franc after his move from Ajax. The Netherlands international played a key role in guiding Lille to an unprecedent Ligue 1 triumph over PSG. At the same time Lille won the French Super Cup defeating PSG once more.
Despite the great performances of Pierre Kalulu, Maldini has decided to add another centre back this summer. Pioli will have a one of the most formidable defences next season with Tomori, Botman, Kalulu and Simon Kjaer.