Tottenham Hotspur have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Sven Botman to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by MilanLive (via Sport Witness), who claim that, despite interest from both Tottenham and Newcastle United, AC Milan have already agreed personal terms with the LOSC Lille centre-back – believed to be in the region of €3m-per-year (£2.5m-per-year) after tax – ahead of a potential summer swoop.
However, the report goes on to state that the Serie A outfit are yet to agree a deal with the French side regarding the transfer of the 22-year-old, with the Ligue 1 club believed to be demanding a figure in the region of €30m (£25m) in order to part with the Netherlands U21 international at the end of the current campaign.
Paratici must move
Considering the sheer amount of potential Botman quite clearly possesses, in addition to the fact that it has been previously reported that Fabio Paratici is desperate to land the defender in order to appease Antonio Conte, the news that Milan look to have agreed personal terms with the Dutchman is sure to come as a huge blow to Tottenham’s managing director.
Indeed, the £27m-rated centre-back very much appears to be the type of ball-playing left-footed defender the 52-year-old manager would love to have in his Spurs side.
According to FBREF, the 22-year-old ranks in the 69th percentile of all defenders in Europe’s big five leagues for passes attempted, as well as the 71st percentile for passes completed, the 73rd percentile for progressive passes and the 49th percentile for progressive carries of the ball.
Furthermore, the £18k-per-week titan highly impressed over his 37 Ligue 1 appearances in Lille’s title-winning campaign last season, with the defender helping his side keep a remarkable 20 clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 0.8 tackles, 60.6 passes and winning 68% of his duels per game.
As such, with Conte in rather desperate need of a new left-footed centre-back in the summer transfer window, Paratici simply must do all he can to beat both AC Milan and Newcastle to the signing of Botman – as the 22-year-old very much looks as if he would be a perfect fit for the Italian’s backline at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.