The agent of Lille defender Sven Botman believes there is a “strong possibility of a January bid” from Liverpool, according to the Daily Record reporter Duncan Castles.
Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, the journalist said that the Dutchman could be sold for around double the €8m (£7m) he was signed for back in the summer:
“Liverpool are working on a deal. That is Sven Botman, in his first season at Lille from Ajax for an initial €8million (£7million). He has been outstanding at Lille. Netherlands squad, 21 next month. Tall, quick, incredibly strong one-on-one.”
“They would be willing to sell the player for twice and a little bit more than the fee they paid. They have been speaking to Botman’s agent. Botman’s agent likes the sounds of the conversations and believes there is a strong possibility of a January bid.”
Reports from France earlier this month had suggested that Liverpool had made contact with Botman’s agent but there has been no indication from other UK based journalists that the Reds are preparing an offer for the 20-year-old.
Castles isn’t the most reliable of sources so it’s wise to treat this story with a fair amount of caution but it does appear that Botman’s name is moving to the top of the list of centre-back options that Liverpool are considering.
There are thought to be other names in the frame, including RB Leipzig pair Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano, Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji, and we shall see whether the Premier League champions do make a move for a new centre-back next month.