Milan’s director of football Frederic Massara said over the weekend that “Botman is an excellent player, but I don’t think Lille want to sell him. There are so many hypotheses on the table”.
Other names AC Milan are considering to try for on loan – if they cannot get Diallo – are Nathan Ake of Manchester City, Malang Sarr of Chelsea and Eric Bailly of Manchester United.
Everton intend to keep Holgate
Sven Botman is a target for AC Milan as well as Newcastle
That is according to Sky in Italy, who report that Lille have rejected Newcastle’s latest bid for the young Dutchman.
Therefore, Milan are trying for Diallo and PSG are said to be asking for £16.7m (€20m) – but Milan want to agree a loan with an option to buy, as they did with Fikayo Tomori from Chelsea last year.
Everton intend to keep Mason Holgate amid loan interest from other clubs, report Alan Myers and Paul Gilmour.
Newcastle, Nice and Monaco have all inquired about a possible loan this month, and Trabzonspor also had a loan offer knocked back earlier in the window.
It is understood Holgate’s preference is to stay in the Premier League should a move be sanctioned by Everton. But Sky Sports News has been told Everton have no intention of letting Holgate go out on loan and he is considered a valuable part of the squad.
Juventus rival Newcastle for Azmoun, Belotti rejects Magpies Juventus are interested in Sardar Azmoun on loan as replacement for the injured Federico Chiesa, according to Sky in Italy
Juve believe the Iranian could potentially occupy the last place as a non-EU player available in the squad. However, this slot can only be occupied by a loan player as the seat is free thanks to Douglas Costa’s loan at Gremio. This is a ‘problem’ that could be solved by opting for a loan until the end of the season and then finding a new agreement in June.
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Sky in Italy are also reporting that Newcastle have had some interest in Torino striker Andrea Belotti but the player is not convinced by the move. However, Zenit want a replacement before letting him go. Azmoun’s contract expires in the summer.