The 22-year-old has been a target for the Tyneside club since January, but they continue to face fierce competition from AC Milan for his signature.
What is the latest news involving Botman?
According to 90min, Newcastle are ready to make a significant push to sign Botman in the transfer window.
It comes after Lille refused to sell the Dutch youngster to the Magpies back in January, as reported by The Athletic.
However, an exit still looks like it will happen, though 90min claims that Milan are also ready to move forward with their interest in a potential blow to Eddie Howe. Last month, Football Insider had reported that the Italian giants were working on a £25m deal for the player.
Botman was once again a key player for Lille in the season that has just passed, starting practically every game when he was fit.
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What has O’Rourke said about Botman to Newcastle?
While O’Rourke believes Milan are in the driving seat to sign Botman this summer, he cannot see Newcastle giving up just yet.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “You’d probably say Milan might have the edge in this one, but I’m sure he’s somebody Newcastle won’t give up on because they tried really hard in January, so he’s still going to be high on their transfer target list.”
Should Newcastle give up on Botman?
It is easy to see why Newcastle are not willing to let this one go. Botman is a long-term target and actually wanted to move to St James’ Park during the winter transfer window, something confirmed by director Amanda Staveley.
He is easily one of the most promising young defenders in European football right now, making it no surprise that everyone at the club wants him, as reported by the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope.
PIF, however, may find it hard to see off competition from Milan, who have just won the Serie A title and qualified for the Champions League.
It is not impossible, especially with the Tyneside outfit now being backed by PIF. In theory, they can blow anyone out of the water.
However, that has not been their approach so far, and there has been nothing to suggest that will change this summer. Therefore, perhaps it may be time to move on from Botman.
They will be looking to replicate the success that they had in the January window, but that is going to be difficult to do if they do not leave themselves with enough time to secure adequate alternatives to players they have missed out on.