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Man United and Newcastle looking to capitalise on defender’s stalling £25m move to AC Milan

It is no secret – Manchester United are set for a busy summer.

The Red Devils, who finished the 2021-22 Premier League season in seventh, are arguably as poor as they’ve ever been.

Now under the guidance of new permanent boss Erik Ten Hag, the 20-time league winners will be desperate to get back to winning ways, but it won’t be easy and will certainly come at a great cost.

Understood to be targeting a whole host of new players, as we exclusively reported earlier this month, Ten Hag and his backroom staff are looking to sign six players across five different positions, including a new centre-back.

Although there has been a lot of speculation over the likes of Ajax’s Jurrien Timber and Villarreal’s Pau Torres, another player to emerge as a candidate to move to Old Trafford is Lille’s Sven Botman.

That’s according to a recent report from Italian outlet Tuttomercato Web, who claims the Dutch defender’s proposed £25m (€30m) move to AC Milan has stalled due to some uncertainty over the club’s new ownership and that has opened the door for the Red Devils to capitalise.

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Recent times have also seen Botman, 22, heavily linked with joining Eddie Howe’s Magpies.

Confirming the club’s attempts to sign the 22-year-old during the January transfer window, Toon executive Amanda Staveley, who spoke to The Athletic, said: “We had to encourage players – ‘we’ll be a safe place for you, we’ll deliver and grow’. Some desperately wanted to come to us, like Sven (Botman), who still does very much and has talked very openly about that…”

A winter move for the Netherlands international failed to materialise though, leaving him with no choice but to see out the 2021-22 season in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Sven Botman in action for Lille.

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