From one northern club to another, Sven Botman continues his fine ascent. After two more than successful seasons in Ligue 1 under the colors of LOSC Lille, the 22-year-old central defender is heading for new horizons. To be more precise, the Dutchman will cross the Channel and put his bags in the north-west of England, in Newcastle, the new richest team in the world, which has just formalized his transfer this Tuesday evening.
“Newcastle United have reached an agreement in principle with LOSC Lille to sign Dutch defender Sven Botman for an undisclosed sum, fending off competition from several European sides to secure the services of the highly valued centre-back. Botman had his medical at Tyneside and agreed to the terms of a five-year contract. Transfer formalities are expected to be completed this week, after which the 22-year-old will officially become a Newcastle United player.specifies the press release from the Magpies, who paid 40 million euros to afford the captain of the Dutch Hopes (12 caps, 2 goals), whose contract with the French club expired in June 2025.
A great added value for Lille
The Mastiffs can boast of having achieved a very nice financial blow by selling Sven Botman to Newcastle. The residents of the Pierre-Mauroy stadium had paid “only” 8 million euros, in July 2020, to secure the services of a young player then little known but very promising who played with the reserve of Ajax Amsterdam. A more than successful bet, especially since the native of Badhoevedorp will have left his mark on his time in Lille.
Forming an extremely solid link with José Fonte during the 2020-2021 season, Sven Botman actively participated in the conquest of the fourth French championship title in the history of LOSC. A trophy with a particular flavor as PSG usually has control over the French championship. Also in 2021, the Batavian added a Champions Trophy to its record by triumphing, again, over the Parisians.
Botman, cornerstone of the new Magpies project
From now on, a new challenge awaits the one who has defended the Lille colors 79 times (3 goals, 2 offerings), with an equally exciting project in Tyneside. After quickly maintaining Newcastle, even exceeding expectations with an 11th place in the final Premier League standings, Eddie Howe now has a formidable defensive weapon in his squad. Botman, who was also tracked by PSG but especially AC Milan, will be in competition with Dan Burn (30 years old), Fabian Schär (30 years old), Ciaran Clark (32 years old) or even Jamaal Lascelles (28 years old). In any case, it embodies a promising future for St James’ Park.
✍️ Newcastle United have reached an agreement in principle with LOSC Lille to sign Dutch defender Sven Botman for an undisclosed fee!
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