Journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed that Newcastle not being in Europe’s top flight could mean Sven Botman will opt for a switch to another team this summer.
Sven Botman has been a mainstay in the LOSC Lille defense this season, playing 21 times in Ligue 1 and scoring a respectable three goals, according to Transfermarkt.
After Newcastle reportedly had a bid turned down for the Dutch defender in January, AC Milan are believed to be close to securing his signature.
Pete O’Rourke has told GIVEMESPORT that AC Milan having Champions League football could be the ‘decisive factor’ as to where Sven Botman ends up next season.
“Milan are a huge club. They have been following Sven Botman for a long time and the advantage they have over Newcastle is that it looks like they will probably be able to deliver Champions League football next season. could well be the deciding factor in their pursuit of the Dutch international, says O’Rourke.
It now appears to be a huge U-turn from the defender, with Staveley recently saying the Lille star still wants a move to St James’ Park.
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Of course, with Newcastle trying so hard to sign him in January and Staveley revealing he still wants a move to the Magpies, it would surely bother both the club and Staveley if he were to opt for a move elsewhere.
Sven Botman has caught the eye of clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milanbut Newcastle are still interested in his services despite rejecting offers in January for him.
It’s easy to see why the Magpies are interested in the defender when you look at his stats, as he averages 5.5 duels won per game, 4.8 clearances per game, 88% passing accuracy and accuracy passing rate of 94% in his own half (SofaScore).
That puts him ahead of Dan Burn in all of those areas, despite his brilliance in the current campaign.
With the Saudi takeover, Newcastle will be looking to bring top caliber players to St James’s Park this summer, but not having European football could hamper their chances of signing the players they want.