There is some intriguing news emerging this weekend that could benefit Newcastle’s pursuit of Sven Botman. It is being reported in France and Italy that AC Milan have not been able to reach an agreement on another Lille target in midfielder Renato Sanches.
The following tweet roughly translates to:
Negotiations are underway between PSG and Renato Sanches’ entourage. The Capital club has just launched the operation to secure the services of the LOSC midfielder. The discussions are progressing, with the advisor Luis Campos.
? Des négociations sont en cours entre le PSG et l'entourage de Renato Sanches. Le club de la Capitale vient de lancer l'opération pour s'attacher les services du milieu de terrain du LOSC. Les discussions progressent, avec à la manœuvre Luis Campos.
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) June 18, 2022
Like with Botman, Milan had been the frontrunner for the Portuguese international. It’s a familiar story as the 24-year-old had his heart set on the San Siro and was waiting for an agreement to be reached with Lille.
PSG have swooped in and are now in pole position to land the talented midfielder. Luis Campos has recently been appointed as an advisor at PSG. He signed Sanches when he was Lille’s sporting director in 2019.
Milan have not raised their initial offer for the player with PSG now outbidding the Serie A champions. The same situation has occurred with Botman, who Campos also brought to Lille two summers ago.
Botman has been linked with PSG but they have yet to make an offer. What benefits Newcastle is that AC Milan appear to be struggling in the market due to their takeover. It is negatively impacting their ability to sign their targets.
Calciomercato is reporting Milan’s sporting director Paolo Maldini, whose contract expires next week, is now considering not signing an extension due to the setbacks for both Botman and Sanches. Months of work have been put into the deal with the club not willing, or able, to match other offers on the table.
If Milan are out of the picture for Botman, it should help Newcastle land their top defensive target. There are conflicting reports on whether Newcastle have an agreement with Lille. This upcoming week should provide more clarity and hopefully, PSG don’t jump in like they have for Sanches