Liverpool want Sven Botman, according to reports. The Lille defender has become a top target of Jurgen Klopp amid the opening of the January transfer window.
This report comes from French publication Foot Mercato. They claim Liverpool are keen on the 20-year-old Dutchman, who could leave Lille for as little as £27 million, the French report claimed in December.
And, the young powerhouse hasn’t done much to quell rumours regarding his future.
On Instagram, Botman uploaded a boomerang video in his agent’s office, perhaps hinting at a potential deal.
It could be nothing. But still, with the transfer window open, linked-away players usually like to keep a low profile. The timing couldn’t be anymore coincidental either, taking place on the day the market officially opens.
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Make no mistake, we could be reading too much into this. However, there is no disputing that what the reported Liverpool target has posted is of interest.
First and foremost, Botman’s age and profile are both perfect.
Botman is 20 and is already receiving plaudits in Ligue 1 with Lille. Right off the bat, that’s what Liverpool want. He’s a player young enough to develop and play a secondary role, learning behind the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
His experience works in his favour, also. He has started in every Ligue 1 and Europa League game this season for the joint-leaders of the French top-flight.
The question in point from Liverpool’s perspecitve, is whether this is a situation that the club can bring forward to January.
Liverpool tend to avoid knee jerk reaction purchases as their self-sustaining transfer model prohibits it. Because of this, purchases made by the club are typically long in the works and extensively researched.
Indeed, it’s not impossible that a summer scenario is brought forward if the need and availability match-up.
In regards to Botman, it is unclear how serious Liverpool are at this present moment.
But if Liverpool feel confident, there’s a lot here to be excited about. He’s already shown he can adapt to life in a new country and eases into new clubs, too.
There’s enormous scope for growth and Lille’s financial position works in Liverpool’s favour, also. This is certainly one to keep a close eye on.