Newcastle at risk of PSG raid for ‘incredible’ star after club chief sings his praises, with good relationship already established
Newcastle United might have to fend off a Paris Saint-Germain bid for Sven Botman in the future after Luis Campos spoke highly of the defender and backed him to ‘win titles every year’.
Botman raised eyebrows in July 2020 by opting to leave Ajax U21s and join French club Lille. He would have eventually received opportunities in the Ajax first team, but he decided to take a risk and test himself in France.
The centre-back enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign at Lille, playing in 37 of their 38 league matches as they beat PSG to the French title by one point.
Botman was affected by groin and hamstring injuries the following season, though he was still a regular in the Lille starting eleven when fit. His time at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy came to an end in July 2022 when Newcastle bought him.
As per Goal, Newcastle spent £35million when signing Botman on a five-year contract. The 23-year-old had been heavily linked with AC Milan. However, he ended up going to St James’ Park to join Eddie Howe’s exciting project.
Botman has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle this season. He has proven to be solid at the back, helping the Magpies battle for a top-four spot and reach the Carabao Cup final, where they will come up against Manchester United on Sunday.
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Newcastle could receive an offer from PSG for Botman in the future, however. During an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Campos – who signed Botman for Lille but now works as a PSG adviser – spoke highly of the player.
“Sven is a very modern player. He is constructively strong and defensively I jokingly call him a sheriff,” Campos said.
Luis Campos lauds Newcastle star’s ‘incredible personality’
“He rules in duels. On the ground or in the air, the number of balls he recovers for the team is impressive. He’s the boss on defense. Hence sheriff. With ball or without ball, it is very complete and reliable. He rarely makes a mistake.
“The build-up of his career is very natural. Naturally, he also ends up at a club that wins titles every year and plays in the Champions League.
“His destiny is predetermined, because it is very difficult to find someone who is so strong and effective on the field and so stable in his private life. He has an incredible personality. His parents can be proud.”
Arguably the most intriguing comment is when Campos discusses Botman winning titles ‘every year’ as he is such a good player. This suggests that if Newcastle fail to match Botman’s lofty ambitions then PSG could swoop in and try to sign him.
Campos already knows Botman well from their time together at Lille. So if he ever decides to leave Newcastle, then Campos will help PSG be at the front of the queue to snap him up.
Surprisingly, Botman is yet to make his senior debut for the Netherlands. That is despite him representing them at most age groups from U15s to U21s.
Former Ajax player Winston Bogarde, who has also spoken with De Telegraaf, thinks it won’t be long before Botman plays for Ronald Koeman’s side.
Sven Botman backed to make Netherlands squad
“Sven is holding his own in the strongest competition in the world, the Premier League. [He] has become champion of France and has held his own in the Champions League,” Bogarde added.
“Now he is in the top five with Newcastle United. He is a mainstay and concedes few goals. Then you deserve a serious chance with the Dutch national team. And he will get it too. I’m convinced of that.
“When I look at him like that, I see the focus, drive and winning mentality to survive and win.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle are showing an interest in a Premier League centre-back who hasn’t missed a minute for his side this season, according to a report.
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