AC Milan overcome the strong competition of Newcastle to secure the services of Sven Botman. Gazzetta dello Sports reports the details of the agreemenet.
The Serie A season is not over yet but AC Milan are already preparing for the upcoming campaign. The Rossoneri have worked a to secure the signature of Lille star Sven Botman in advance. The 22-year-old Netherlands international will be AC Milan’s first summer purchase. While nothing is signed, there is a total agreement between the parties.
In recent months, Sven Botman didn’t just wink at Milan. The talented centre back went further and has a pact with the Rossoneri. After initial reports from BBC, La Gazzetta dello Sport confirms that the Dutch defender has chosen Stefano Pioli’s team instead of a rich contract from Newcastle. The player’s sharp “no” to the Magpies paves the way for Maldini and Massara, who will now have to find an understanding with Lille.
Botman has already made his decision and AC Milan will be his next club. The player and the Red and Blacks have an agreement on a five-year contract that will guarantee Botman 3.5 million euros per season, plus bonuses. Thanks to the tax discount provided for by Decreto Crescita, Sven Botman’s signing will cost the Rossoneri just over 5 million per season in gross spending. Important figures but in line with the “ceiling” imposed by Elliott.
Now AC Milan are back on the negotiations table with Lille. The season is still long and AC Milan don’t want to create any confusion for the French club who are fighting to secure a spot in the top four. However, a transfer fee of around €33 million has been reportedly agreed between AC Milan and Lille.
Sven Botman has been on AC Milan’s radar since last summer. Paolo Maldini is a big sponsor of his signing, fully confident that Sven is the perfect defender for the club. The former AC Milan captain believes that the 22-year-old Dutch centre back and Fikayo Tomori can form a rock-solid partnership that can last a decade.
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