Newcastle are apparently willing to wait it out for Sven Botman. The Dutchman has started his holiday without his future being sorted as The Magpies and AC Milan remain in a tussle with Lille over his signature.
In his latest report in The Chronicle, Lee Ryder reveals Newcastle have not moved for other targets at the moment. They are patiently waiting to see what happens between AC Milan and Lille with the defender preferring the San Siro to St. James’ Park.
There are some discrepancies in Ryder’s report that differs from other local journalists. Ryder claims an agreement with Lille is in place. Scott Wilson with the Northern Echo also reported recently that Newcastle and Lille have an agreement in principle.
This differs from other journalists, such as Luke Edwards with The Telegraph, who had an exclusive earlier in the week that talks had broken down between the two clubs. Edwards reported that Lille raised their asking price last weekend after weeks of negotiations.
Ryder claims that Newcastle have offered a massive £46m for the 22-year-old. They are now waiting on Botman, who is hoping AC Milan can reach an agreement with Lille, to accept the move.
This transfer saga remains cloudy with so many conflicting assertions. It does appear that Newcastle are still hoping to land Botman and have yet to seriously pursue another target.