Report: Newcastle told to pay £6m more than Joelinton to land title-winning 'machine'
Newcastle United will have to fork out a club-record transfer in order to sign Lille defender, Sven Botman, who is still one of the club’s top defensive targets this January.
Botman has been linked with the Magpies throughout the window. However, Lille have been digging their heels when it comes to the Dutchman. They have been holding out for a big fee, thought to be around the £40m mark so far.
However, according to The Telegraph, that fee is even more than first thought. They report how Lille are holding out for closer to £46m. That would, of course, break the club-record at Newcastle which stands at the £40m paid for Joelinton in 2019.
Newcastle have been pursuing other defensive targets as things stand. Diego Carlos is edging closer to being a deal for over £35m, while other names have also been mentioned. Kieran Trippier has also signed on a permanent deal, while Chris Wood has arrived at the top of the pitch.
Botman is highly-rated across Europe. Labelled a ‘machine’ by former Southampton man Jose Fonte, the young defender was part of Lille’s successful Ligue 1 title-winning team.
TBR’s View: Sven Botman Looking Unlikely For Newcastle
You have to hand it to Lille here. They’ve got wind of Newcastle’s interest and simply stuck to their guns over a defender who is on his way to being world-class. If £46m is the price, then someone will have to pay it.
Newcastle, on the other hand, have some big decisions to make in the next two weeks. Do they simply go for it and pay up for the likes of Botman? Or do they stay sensible, as they have done with the likes of Wood and Trippier.
Time will tell, but Newcastle appear to be slipping away from any Botman hope.
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