Manchester United are reportedly plotting a move for LOSC Lille defender Sven Botman and are ready to hijack the deal from AC Milan as per the report in English outlet Football Insider.
The record Premier League champions are already linked with a move for Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez, while Villarreal star Pau Torres has also been mentioned as a potential target of the 52-year-old.
Meanwhile, Botman was heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United last January. However, a deal didn’t happen, but the interest remains from the Magpies in the highly-rated defender.
AC Milan were reportedly in advanced talks with Lille about a potential summer move for the Dutchman. However, a report in Football Insider is claiming that Manchester United are ready to hijack the deal from the Rossoneri.
The 22-year-old still has three years remaining in his current contract with Les Dogues and a fee of around £25 million will be enough to persuade the French club in selling their starman.
Following a disappointing campaign in terms of defensive display from Manchester United, the Red Devils’ hierarchy need to strengthen their backline this summer. The club captain Harry Maguire has failed to live up to the expectations this season, while Victor Lindelof didn’t enjoy a great season either.
The summer arrival Raphael Varane has struggled with his injury problems throughout the campaign and failed to showcase his best in his debut season in the Premier League. On the other hand, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly never came anywhere near the contention to play regularly at the Old Trafford stadium over the past few campaigns.
So, strengthening the backline will be an absolute necessity for the Red Devils. However, their priority should be to sign a holding midfielder. Due to the absence of a specialist defensive midfielder in the squad, the backline got exposed more often than not.
Therefore, signing a defensive midfielder along with a centre-back will be a perfect decision for Manchester United. And Botman could turn out to be a very good acquisition for Erik ten Hag’s side.