Newcastle United set to sign Sven Botman for €40m

Florian Sotoca of RC Lens and Sven Botman of Losc
Florian Sotoca of RC Lens and Sven Botman of Losc - IMAGO / PanoramiC

Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of the Dutch international defender Sven Botman.

The Lille centre-back has been heavily linked with a move away from France in recent months, and it appears that the Magpies are now close to securing an agreement for him.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League side will pay a fee of around €40m, and the two clubs are now preparing paperwork for the transfer.

It is no secret that Newcastle needed to improve their defensive options this summer, and the signing of the Dutchman should improve them considerably.

The Magpies were in the relegation race midway through last season, but they improved considerably during the second half under Eddie Howe.

They will be hoping to perform at a high-level next season and challenge for European qualification.

The Magpies will have to improve their squad considerably, and signings like Botman will undoubtedly transform them.

The Dutchman has been a key player for Lille in recent seasons, and it will be interesting to see if he can adapt to Premier League football quickly and make an immediate impact at St James’ Park next season.

The reported €40m fee could look like a bargain if he manages to settle in quickly.

The Dutchman is far from his peak and will improve further with experience and game time. There is no doubt that Newcastle have a future star on their hands, and the fans will undoubtedly be excited about the signing.

The Premier League side are now the richest club in world football following their takeover. It will be interesting to see if they can improve their midfield and attack before that summer transfer window closes.