Wolves target Botman has 'attributes needed to succeed in England', says French Football Correspondont
Sven Botman won the Ligue 1 title with Lille last season. (Photo by Matthieu Mirville/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Wolves target Sven Botman has all the 'attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League' according to CBS Sports France Football Correspondent Jonathan Johnson.

The Lille defender has been linked with a move to Bruno Lage's side this summer, with Spanish side Sevilla also keen on 21-year-old as Jules Kounde's move to Chelsea edges closer.

Well-known journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed Wolves have had a proposal rejected by the French champions, with no fee mentioned on Friday.

In an exclusive interview with Johnson, VAVEL gets to know more about the Dutch defender.

Dutch talent

With Sevilla the bookies favourite to land the Netherlands Under-23 player this summer, Johnson gave his initial thoughts on the move.

He said: "If both clubs meet Lille's asking price, which might not be straightforward given LOSC's financial situation and the limited time left for business this summer, I reckon the player would favour Sevilla due to their Champions League involvement.

"Of course, complicating that is the fact that the two clubs are in the same group. However, I think that the Spaniards probably lead the chase at present. 

"It will be a significant fee and likely the best part €30 million and above," the journalised explained.

"With Zeki Celik potentially on the move as well, Lille will be looking to squeeze as much as possible out of these deals to ease their financial issues.

"Boubakary Soumare's cut-price move to Leicester City earlier this summer is a good example of the LOSC's limited negotiating power at present."

Sevilla were handed a relatively easy group in Thursday's UEFA Champions League, where they will face Botman's current side, Lille, Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and Wolfsburg from Germany.

Julen Lopetegui has already spent close to $40 million this summer- with Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Rafa Mir (Wolves) and Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund).

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Johnson believes a move to Spain would be more logical for Botman due to their involvement in Europe, whilst also stating that doesn't rule a move to the Premier League out.

"Sevilla would be the logical first choice due to their continental involvement. However, that does not make a move to the Premier League unappealing.

"Botman has all the attributes needed to succeed in England and it could be a better fit in terms of style for the Dutchman."

"Botman is talented and already performing well at a young age with greater consistency likely to come wherever he goes as he gets older. Expect him to fit right in with the physical style of play in the Premier League as Wolves look to build for the future."

Currently, Lage only has three fit centre backs in Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss. Willy Boly and Yerson Mosquera are just returning to fitness after picking up minor injuries in pre-season.

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Botman is a left-footed defender who was one of many stars in last seasons title win in France.

When asked about his strengths and weaknesses, Johnson said: "While I think that he could work on his timing a little in terms of his tackling, he is a well-rounded defender for someone so young.

"At just 21, he will improve with time and experience while already quite dominant aerially, comfortable with the ball at his feet and focused mentally meaning few lapses in concentration.

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"His pairing with Jose Fonte in front of Mike Maignan was extremely tight and a major reason why LOSC were so successful. Despite the age gap between them, their two styles were highly compatible.

"I would not rush to compare him with Matthijs de Ligt, although the temptation is there. Instead, I see him as another good example of the abundance of talented young Dutch players being created at present."

There remain only four days until the transfer window slams shut and Lage has stated he wants 'top players' brought before the deadline.

The Wanderers have only brought in five players this summer, with Francisco Trincao, Jose Sa, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Bendeguz Bolla joined Mosquera to arrive.

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