Lille defender Sven Botman’s agent says that his client has not agreed an exciting move across Europe this summer, amid reports suggesting so.
Canal + (via Get French Football News) claimed that the 21-year-old has a deal in place with a ‘major’ club.
The source did not name the team. However, it added that the agreement is worth between €40million (£35million) and €45million (£39million).
More recently, though, the player’s agent has spoken out. Nickie Bruinenberg told Dutch publication Voetbalzone that the claims are “fake news”.
What’s more, reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano has said (via Twitter) that Botman has “never been close” to leaving Lille.
Reports in January claimed that Liverpool and Tottenham had the player on a list of centre-back targets. The Reds especially needed to bolster their defence, following injuries to their three senior centre-halves.
Botman’s Lille teammate Pepe reportedly gave his fellow centre-back a glowing reference.
However, Liverpool eventually opted to sign Ozan Kabak on loan and Ben Davies from Preston.
Spurs, meanwhile, had a quiet January transfer window.
Nevertheless, Romano adds that Botman’s future will become the subject of intense speculation again in the summer.
The Dutchman‘s contract only runs out in 2025, but he will likely have suitors circling around him again.
Manchester United have also reportedly scouted the centre-back amid their supposed mission to beef up their back line.
Botman has enjoyed a fantastic rise by bursting onto the European scene. Indeed, he only joined Lille last summer and did so from Ajax’s development ranks.
However, he has only missed 90 minutes of Ligue 1 action this term, playing 24 of 25 French top-flight games.
What’s more, he has earned two more Netherlands Under-21 caps since his debut in September.
Man Utd suffer centre-back blow
Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is another centre-back who could be a pivotal figure in the summer transfer window.
Manchester City made a bid for him last summer, before opting to bring in Ruben Dias.
However, his suitors remain, with United among them. Although, they have supposedly met a key barrier in their hunt to sign the 22-year-old.