Lille’s Sven Botman responds to interest from Newcastle United and AC Milan | Soccer

Sven Botman has impressed at Lille since joining in 2020 (Image: Getty Images)

Aware of the interest in him from Newcastle United and AC Milan, Sven Botman says he’s looking forward to a new step in his career.

The 22-year-old centre-back has attracted attention at Lille since joining from Ajax in 2020, making 79 appearances for the French side in the last two seasons.

The imposing 6’5″ defender is yet to be capped by the Netherlands and has yet to fully capture the attention of Europe’s biggest clubs, but Newcastle and AC Milan are keen to have him.

The Dutchman confirms these two clubs are interested and while he is keen to climb the next rung on the ladder, he seems in no rush to jump on the first offer he receives.

“These clubs are interested, yes,” he told Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad. “I can’t and don’t want to say much more than that.

‘What I want? A nice step towards a nice competition. I’m also looking forward to a new step.

“I know what I want. That doesn’t necessarily refer to this club or this competition. You weigh all sorts of things and then the overall picture has to suit you. I must have a very good feeling about it.’

Newcastle have already accepted a £26m offer for Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, but boss Eddie Howe has warned the club won’t be shelling out big bucks despite their mega-rich new owners.


Hugo Ekitike is expected to join Newcastle this summer (Image: Getty Images)

“With Financial Fair Play we have limitations and we have things to work on so we can’t just go out and spend money on players like maybe teams could have done in the past and completely change their squad within a transfer window ‘ Howe said earlier this year.

“That’s not an option for us. The more money you spend in a window, the more it affects your ability to spend beyond in windows. The rules are there to run the game properly and we have to abide by them, so that affects what we can do this summer.

MORE : Newcastle have accepted a £26million bid for Reims forward Hugo Ekitike

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