Liverpool-linked Botman ‘higher than Van Dijk’
With each Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez struggling long-term accidents and seemingly out for the remainder of the season, Liverpool have been linked with a transfer for a brand new centre-back within the January switch window.
One identify talked about is Lille’s Sven Botman, who has been given the grand declare of supposedly being higher than fellow Dutchman Van Dijk himself.
The Express quotes Duncan Castles as telling the Switch Window Podcast that resulting from monetary difficulties, Lille can be keen to promote Botman this month for lower than £20million, having paid simply £7m to signal him a number of months in the past.
Former Southampton defender Fonte, who performed alongside Van Dijk at St Mary’s, apparently believes that Botman is probably the most gifted central defender he has ever performed alongside.
“One different factor I feel might be fascinating to Liverpool supporters is that Botman performs alongside veteran Portugal defender Jose Fonte at Lille this season.
“Fonte has performed with an array of top-class centre-backs in his profession together with Virgil van Dijk, Toby Alderweireld, Pepe within the Portuguese nationwide group and Gabriel final season who’s now at Arsenal.
“From what I perceive of Fonte’s impression of Botman, he thinks he is the most effective of all of them.
“He describes him as a machine and a person who would not make errors and likewise signifies that for a younger participant taking part in alongside an skilled skilled, he is very open to studying and taking instruction and enhancing his sport.
“These are attributes you search for in a signing and are the form of attributes Liverpool have been very centered on after they’ve recruited gamers previously.
“You possibly can see why they’re having conversations there and you’ll see from the fee perspective why it appears to be a superb potential match for that January deal.”