Newcastle United handed potential Sven Botman boost as fresh report emerges from Italy

Newcastle United have been handed a potential boost in their pursuit of Lille defender Sven Botman.

AC Milan are set to end their interest in Newcastle United transfer target Sven Botman, according to reports in Italy.

The Serie A champions and the Magpies have been locked in talks with central defender Botman as they look to prise him away from Lille.

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But as it stands, neither club has made a breakthrough with the Ligue 1 outfit reportedly raising their asking price to £37million.

As per Calciomercato, Milan are ready to “give up” on signing the Netherlands international with Lille’s demands too high.

Sven Botman boost for Newcastle?

That could open the door for Newcastle, who aren’t prepared to walk away from negotiations just yet, although are exploring other options just in case.

Tellingly however, this isn’t the first time sources in Italy have claimed Milan are ready to walk away from Botman.

Botman is currently on holiday after rounding off his 2021/22 campaign with a 1-0 victory in Wales whilst representing Holland’s under-21s.

Newcastle United target Sven Botman in action for Lille (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth watched on from the stands with his son Zac named among the Wales substitutes.

Botman addressed his future during his time on international duty and confirmed he is expecting to leave France during the summer.

He told Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad: “I don’t know (if I have played my last game for Lille)but I think so.

“I intend to take a step. Talks are underway now.

“I won’t go into all of that, but it’s going well. I do hope that the transfer for the new season is completed. Preferably also for the pre-season, yes.”