Tottenham are looking to sign Lille defender Sven Botman, according to reports. The 21-year-old defender was previously touted to be of interest to Liverpool.
This comes from France Football. They say that Jose Mourinho is hoping to land the £40 million-rated centre-back to north London.
Botman was reportedly on Jurgen Klopp’s radar, too, in recent months as they looked to solve their defensive injury crisis, following season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Instead, Liverpool turned to Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak in the January transfer window.
Who is Botman?
Indeed, it’s easy to see why Botman has emerged as a top transfer priority this summer given his sustained brilliance in Ligue 1 this season.
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The Netherlands under-21’s international is already regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in Europe with Lille, having previously spent 11 years at Ajax.
Botman sealed a £7.8 million move to the French top-flight last summer, signing a five-year contract.
And the naturally left-footed centre-back has been a revelation alongside former Southampton captain Jose Fonte. In fact, Lille are currently top of the Ligue 1 standings with the best defensive record in the division.
Under the tutelage of Christophe Galtier, Lille have shipped just 16 goals in 26 league encounters this season – with 14 clean sheets along the way.
Botman, who stands at a towering 6ft 4in, is renowned for his aerial dominance alongside his assured and technical composure on the ball.
He’s been described as a ‘machine’ and someone, similarly to Virgil van Dijk, who doesn’t make too many mistakes, per the Transfer Window Podcast.
The question that remains, then, is how does this concern Liverpool?
What RTK has to say
Well, given the recent defensive conundrum this season, it will be interesting to see whether Liverpool choose to enter to market again for further reinforcements at centre-back.
Jamie Carragher certainly thinks the Reds could do with another addition in that particular department.
After all, while the Reds did sign Davies from the Championship on a permanent deal, there is every possibility that Liverpool move him on for a profit in the future.
Also, the addition of Kabak, too, was struck with a loan-to-buy option. This means that Liverpool have the option to send the 20-year-old back to Schalke if things don’t quite work out at Anfield.
This, then, creates a need for Klopp to look for an alternative target in the summer. And given Botman’s performance levels this season, Liverpool very-well could reignite their interest come to the end of the season.