Manchester United are poised to compete with Liverpool for the signing of Lille star Sven Botman, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp are both looking to improve their squads as they hunt down the Premier League title. Botman has sparkled in Ligue 1 ever since arriving from Ajax back in the summer transfer window.
United and Liverpool are both jostling for the Premier League title, with both clubs amassing 33 points from their opening 16 games.
And it seems they’re set for a transfer scrap, with Botman on both Solskjaer and Klopp’s radar.
Sunday World claim that Liverpool are pursuing the 20-year-old as they look to land cover for Virgil van Dijk, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
They’re also currently without Joe Gomez, who continues to work hard on his recovery behind the scenes over on Merseyside.
Klopp is planning to sign a young defender to help his side, rather than an established superstar.
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But when it comes to possibly recruiting Botman, it appears as though United could be about to complicate things.
Solskjaer has recently seen Eric Bailly rediscover his best form alongside Harry Maguire at the back, with the pair shining of late.
But United are said to be ready to compete with Liverpool for the signing of Botman nonetheless, knowing they still require more defensively if they’re to win silverware.
Liverpool still seem to be frontrunners.
But United can’t be ruled out at the current moment in time, especially given their huge financial resources.
Meanwhile, Red Devils supremo Ed Woodward has warned Liverpool that United are ‘getting closer’ to challenging them for the Premier League crown.
“There is much to be excited about on the pitch as Ole and the team head into the New Year competing strongly in the Premier League and with three cups still to pursue,” said Woodward.
“The team’s positive form has lifted all our spirits in recent weeks, winning seven and drawing two of our last nine domestic games.
“There are many positive statistics showing the progress made under Ole in the past year. But they tell only part of the story.
“Just as important is the work we see being done behind the scenes to build a winning culture consistent with the club’s traditions of attacking football played by youthful, hard-working teams fusing homegrown talent with top-class recruits.
“We are getting closer to [competing at the top of the Premier League table] as the squad continues to develop following the arrivals of Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani.
“As always, our priority is to win trophies and, with the team going into the New Year competing on four fronts, we are optimistic about the path ahead in 2021.”
United are next in action against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
They’ll go into the game looking to avoid a repeat of last season, where they lost 3-1 at Old Trafford in the first leg.
Liverpool, meanwhile, face off against Southampton on Monday night (8pm).