Newcastle United continue talks with Sven Botman amidst interest from Tottenham Hotspur
According to ChronicleLive, Newcastle United continue to have talks with Lille centre-back Sven Botman amidst interest from Tottenham Hotspur. He could be subjected to transfer bids next summer, just like what happened in January.
Newcastle had a bid of about £50million to sign Botman got rejected in the January transfer window. The French club did not want to lose his services during a season, which caused them to ignore offers from Tyneside. That has not put off the Magpies as they still maintain contact with his agent and his current team as they are still open for negotiations.
The Toons are not alone in the race as Tottenham, alongside AC Milan, are monitoring the situation to try their cards at an opportune moment. The former is in the lead in terms of the wage package that they can offer, but the pursuit is still wide open regardless of their advantage.
What will Spurs do?
The initial sentiment among the fanbase following the arrival of Antonio Conte was that Daniel Levy would go all out in the transfer windows to challenge for titles. However, what happened last month has certainly been an eye-opener and we cannot afford to let that continue.
Our struggles in defence have recently been highlighted after suffering three consecutive losses in the Premier League. That does not bode well for us in our pursuit for a top-four finish and thus qualifying for next season’s Champions League in the process.
After all, we need to achieve that objective to get us on par with Milan in terms of sporting prospects. They are currently challenging for the league title and are likely to be in the CL next campaign as well.
While Eddie Howe’s side boast financial might in terms of salaries, that alone would not be enough to get the Dutchman. That being said, the North London club must keep constant tabs on him so that they would not get left behind in the transfer race.
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If we could sign the Ligue 1 defender next summer, he could easily get into the starting lineup with the quality in his bag. Mistakes have been a part of Davinson Sanchez’s game, even if he has been solid overall. Ben Davies is not a natural centre-back, whereas Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga can easily be upgraded.
It remains to be seen how the situation turns out in the coming months ahead of the summer transfer window. But we still maintain hope that Fabio Paratici and co can rectify their mistakes and get top quality targets into the squad this time around.