Dutch defender Sven Botman is in demand after an excellent season for Lille. His performances continue at a high level amid a close title race in France.

Sky Sports reported this week that Botman was high on United’s radar along with the surprise name Cristian Romero.

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United were reported by The Mirror to have sent scouts to watch Botman in action in February.

Top performance as Ligue 1 goes to the wire

Botman’s Lille want to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title.

Last night they only drew 0-0 with Saint-Etienne, although it could have been worse without Botman.

With one game left, Botman’s Lille are in first place, one point ahead of PSG. A home win against 20th place Dijon next weekend will bring the title.

French website Maxifoot named Botman Man of the Game against St. Etienne.

GFFN also praised Botman’s “amazing” defense work to keep a clean sheet, while SoFoot.com also praised the way he saved his team in the second half. The Dutchman blocked two shots to give his team a crucial point.

What does Manchester United need?

The 21-year-old Botman impressed after a season in Lille after leaving Ajax last summer.

It would cost a reasonable price, and if United still likes it, he’s a left-footed player.

Data from FBRef.com shows that Botman has won the third highest number of Ligue 1 dogfights among center-backs this season (118).

Botman was on the news over the weekend with an interview with The Athletic saying he would be in favor of moving to England.

He said, “I’m lying when I say I don’t care. The Premier League is something special. It’s football that I really like and that suits me. “

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There are several ways United could go into center-back this summer. The position was upgraded again after the team fought Liverpool at home on Thursday night and Harry Maguire was injured.

Raphael Varane is a better known option, and Jules Kounde is an equally more expensive one. Even after his strong season for Atalanta, there is an argument for Cristian Romero.

Botman met all the criteria and was instrumental in the fact that Lille conceded only 22 goals in 37 Ligue 1 games. If United had watched him from Boy Scouts again last night, they would probably have been impressed.

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