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Sven Botman selling price that Lille will accept from Newcastle United now made public – Report

2 weeks ago
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Sven Botman has emerged as Newcastle United’s top defensive target in the January transfer window.

Interest in the Lille central defender first revealed in early December and that interest maintained throughout December and into the January transfer window.

Two bids going in from Newcastle so far, the second of those at the end of last week, reported to be around the £33m mark plus future add-ons.

Sven Botman turns 22 this coming Wednesday but has already got plenty of top level football behind him, a key player and top defender last season as he helped Lille to a shock title win ahead of the heavily financed PSG superstars. A regular for the Holland Under 21s, he has already been called up for the senior squad but is yet to play for them.

Sunday’s exclusive from France is via GFFN (Get French Football News) and they report that through various sources, they have been updated on how things now stand with Lille’s position on Sven Botman.

GFFN report that after ‘multiple approaches’ from Newcastle United and bids having gone in, the Ligue 1 club have now decided on a price where they feel they will have no alternative but to sell. Despite Champions League football this season and last year’s title win (Ligue 1 domestic money is a fraction of that in the English Premier League), Lille have longstanding serious financial problems that mean bids have to be considered for star players if reaching a certain level.

GFFN say that the level Lille have decided on for Sven Botman, is that if Newcastle United offer ‘£45m including bonuses’, they will sell this month.

As per previous media reports, GFFN say that Sven Botman himself is keen on the move to Newcastle United, with the club wanting him to become the key player to build around for the long-term.

Newcastle United Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan was at Saturday’s defeat to Cambridge at St James Park, along with the likes of Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi. A number of journalists have reported that the visit of by Governor of the Saudi PIF fund was twofold, with watching the FA Cup match secondary to having a meeting with his fellow NUFC directors about what action is needed in this January transfer window.

I have a feeling we are set to see further Newcastle United transfer activity this coming week and hopefully at least one other new arrival to follow Kieran Trippier, with fingers crossed, Sven Botman one of those set to come in this window.

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