The Rossoneri had been in negotiations with the LOSC defender for eight months, practically agreeing personal terms for a January transfer until his club postponed any sale to the summer.
The price-tag since levitated and the delays caused by Milan’s takeover by RedBird and consequent increase in the number of people making the decisions saw Botman eventually give up waiting.
Sky Sport Italia claim Newcastle United are paying €40m including bonuses for Botman, which is comfortably double what the Serie A side was offering.
Now they turn to other targets, and the latest name mentioned is 21-year-old Saliba.
The centre-back spent this season on loan at Olympique Marseille, but he is owned by Arsenal and under contract until June 2024.
Arsenal purchased Saliba from Saint-Etienne in 2019 for €30m and have since sent him out on various loan moves.
Another candidate is Belgium international Theate, who impressed this season at Bologna and is considerably cheaper than these other options.
He is also more versatile, able to play at left-back too.
Torino have also pumped up the asking price from €25m last year to almost €40m now, thanks to competition from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Botman sceglie il Newcastle che ha convinto il Lille a suon di milioni. Milan, ora mirino su altri profili https://t.co/j9VycBgNpD
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