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Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano offered an update tonight on Liverpool’s interest in Lille center-back Sven Botman, who has been widely linked as a January target for the Reds.
Romano insists the reigning Premier League champions are not in ‘official talks’ to sign the 20-year-old, contrary to a report on Saturday, but added that the ball is somewhat on the Reds’ court …
While Liverpool’s trusted correspondent James Pearce suggested the alleged interest in Botman was just agent talk just hours ago, Romano has hinted that a move could still be on the cards.
Romano, the trusted insider on the Italian transfer, stated that Liverpool are not in an ‘advanced’ process for the defender, but added ‘let’s see’ regarding the Reds’ final decision in the coming weeks.
Jurgen Klopp and Co. continue to be linked to central defense recruits considering Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with long-term injuries, while injury-prone Joel Matip is back on the bench.
Liverpool have * not * opened official talks with Lille to sign Sven Botman.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2021
Botman has impressed Lille since arriving from Ajax this summer, through his B-team. The Dutchman was actually the replacement for Gabriel Magalhaes, who was sold to Arsenal.
Botman has made 23 appearances for Lille this season, which continues to establish itself as a team to watch in France after some good results in Ligue 1 in the past year as it ranks second.
The underdog are only out of first place due to goal difference as well, there’s a long shot that they can pull off something really special this season.
Botman’s impressive form since moving to France earned him a call-up to the Netherlands senior team in November, although he never made his debut.
With Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum he handed over the captaincy of the national team after Van Dijk’s injury, perhaps there is already a relationship with Botman here.
6ft4 Botman would add a much-needed presence to the baseline, which has to fall as Fabinho’s only real and unchanging fault, as he has been substituted out of his defensive midfield role to star in the heart of the side defense during a crucial period.
With Matip seemingly prone to injury this season, a figure like Botman could be ideal to watch the Reds in the second half of the season, with the plan to defend their title and offer a serious challenge in the Champions League.