Lille head coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed the French club do not intend to sell Sven Botman this month despite reported interest from Liverpool.
It had been claimed that the Reds had contacted the agents of the Dutchman, with Lille said to be willing to offload the defender for €30m (£27m) due to their financial situation.
However, following a decision from the French government’s National Management Control Department (DNCG), no action will be taken against Lille following a takeover, which Galtier claims means they are under no pressure to sell:
“We’ve been in a permanent transfer window for three years and that’s not going to change today. We announce a lot of departures in each transfer window. But I don’t see Sven leaving this winter. Especially since the DNCG has not taken any action against the club. I do not believe, given our sporting situation, that the club wants to sell players.”
Galtier’s comments confirm what The Athletic journalist James Pearce has said regarding Botman. The reporter says Liverpool are not actively looking to sign the 21-year-old this month.
Instead, the Premier League champions have taken an interest in Schalke’s Ozan Kabak and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano but moves for either centre-back are thought to be equally as unlikely at this stage.