Man Utd ‘join’ Newcastle United in tussle for €30m-rated defender, player’s ‘priority’ revealed

According to reports, Man Utd have ‘joined’ Newcastle United in a tussle for Lille defender Sven Botman, who is rated at around €30m.

The Magpies were keen to sign the defender during the January transfer window. This move did not come to fruition though.

The 22-year-old has played 79 times for Lille since the start of the 2020/21 campaign. He has also featured seven times for the Netherlands.

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Newcastle United and AC Milan have previously been the clubs linked with the defender. 

TuttoMercatoWeb (via Sports Witness) are reporting that Newcastle are still ‘serious’ about Botman.

But it is said that Man Utd are among the teams who have ‘joined’ the race to buy the Dutchman.

It is believed that Botman will cost clubs €30m. AC Milan have a deal in place to sign him but they have to wait until their takeover is completed before they finalise the deal.

The report adds that for Botman, ‘the priority remains AC Milan, but without the acceleration, he could decide to go elsewhere soon’.

Elsewhere, Anton Ferdinand has claimed that Man Utd youngster Anthony Elanga is the only player who tapped into the experience of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portuguese superstar Ronaldo returned to the club last summer after 12 years away from Old Trafford.

Much was made about his return and whether he had made a good impact on a United side that went from second in the 2020/2021 season to sixth this season.

On a personal level, Ronaldo led the club in goals this season, scoring 24 times. 18 of which came in the Premier League.

And Ferdinand, who’s brother Rio played for the club, has claimed that young Swedish winger Elanga who has tapped into the experience of the 37-year-old.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Ferdinand said: “I had the pleasure of meeting Elanga at the last home game.

“Then I took my little boy up there to meet Ronaldo. I saw Elanga and I watched him live for the first time.

“He looks like one of the only young players whose actually tapped into Ronaldo.

“His movement was Ronaldo-esque, when Ronaldo was younger.

“You know his [Ronaldo’s] movement to get the ball. Sometimes he wouldn’t get it, but he wouldn’t moan about it, but his movement might free somebody else up.

“This is stuff that Ronaldo did when he first came to the football club. Now he’s switched his position.

“But he looks like the only young player in the first team that’s tapped into the G.O.A.T.”


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