Transfer news: Sven Botman has been admired in the Premier League by clubs but they have yet to compete with Atalanta for Lille star

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Atalanta is looking for a replacement for Cristian Romero, and Sven Botman is their first choice.

Premier League clubs are still to make any serious noises concerning Lille's exciting 21 year-old Sven Botman. Botman is Atalanta’s first choice for Cristian Romero replacement, and he is open to moving to Premier League. Botman was tracked by a number English clubs during his breakthrough season. Crystal Palace, Newcastle, and West Ham are believed to be the most keen followers. Newcastle and newly promoted Norwich have been following him since his youth at Ajax but have yet to register any concrete interest. Manchester City and Tottenham are admirers as well, although they don't believe he can compete at the highest level after only one season of regular top flight football. Lille took a chance on Botman as he was yet not to make an Eredivisie game for Ajax. He had previously spent the season on loan at Heerenveen. However, he was outstanding for Christophe Galtier, who made 37 appearances for Lille to win the title. Eight more impressive performances were seen in the Europa League. Finally, he was the star for the Netherlands U21s at this month's European Championships. Lille wants him to remain, but - like all of Ligue 1 – they are struggling financially due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Their business model involves buying young players in order to grow them and then selling them off. ok Sports News has been informed that Lille could be open to considering a comparable offer to the PS27m Gabriel earned. Bundesliga clubs also keep an eye on Gabriel's situation. It is yet to be determined if anyone from Premier League would be open to joining the competition, despite Botman being a commodity as an left-footed center-half and having the physical attributes to make it in Britain.

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