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Ten Hag asks Man Utd chiefs to hijack Milan’s move for Lille star

Manchester United have made a late attempt to hijack AC Milan’s deal for Lille defender Sven Botman, according to a report.

FootballInsider confirm that Milan are in advanced talks to sign the Dutch centre-back in a deal that would be worth £25m (roughly €30m) but a ‘United source’ has told the website that they have begun making their own moves to land him.

The incoming manager Erik ten Hag has spoken about plans for the summer window with director of football John Murtough, Ajax assistant Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren and some targets were brought up in that meeting, with Botman among them.

Ten Hag is understood to be an admirer of Botman, who is formerly of Ajax, and believes him to be a good fit for the Red Devils. Preliminary talks are expected to take place with the 22-year-old’s entourage, but whether it is enough to beat Milan in the race remains to be seen.


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