Chelsea are desperate to sign 22-year-old Ligue 1 centre-back

Chelsea and Man United will surely be encouraged by transfer news emerging today that puts Sven Botman’s future up in the air. The 21-year-old centre-back has been a star footballer at Lille in recent times, helping them win the Ligue 1 title last campaign, and had been linked strongly with a move to Newcastle United this winter.

However, Sven has decided to snub the big-money offer from St James’ Park as he isn’t keen on joining a team battling against relegation. This could mean the Blues now have a chance of swooping for the Dutchman, who has been on the radar of several top teams before, and who could be ideal to solve Chelsea’s defensive crisis.

It’s well-documented that the Blues are chasing the likes of Jules Kounde and Matthijs de Ligt due to the fact that Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta are all heading towards being out of deal at the end of this campaign.

The Dutch defender would surely be another option worth considering for Thomas Tuchel’s side, while Man Utd could well be in the mix as well. Man United have been tentatively linked with Sven in the past, and the 21-year-old could be an upgrade on the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.