Thu 30 May 2024, 10:30 · Liam Brusby

Reporter admits Newcastle could sell 24-year-old amid Lloyd Kelly and Tosin Adarabioyo arrivals

Reporter admits Newcastle could sell 24-year-old amid Lloyd Kelly and Tosin Adarabioyo arrivals
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Sky Sports News anchor and Newcastle United fan Pete Graves has admitted that he is "worried" about the potential departure of defender Sven Botman.

The Magpies are still in a position where they need to sell before they can buy. While Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron would get decent fees, a top-quality player with real pedigree would get a much higher fee than those two.

Media discussions over Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak leaving have been prominent all season, especially with the Brazilian Guimaraes' release clause being set at £100million.

Botman however, is another option for Newcastle boss Eddie Howe should he need to sell this summer due to the impending arrival of Lloyd Kelly and Tosin Adarabioyo on free this summer.

Newcastle vs Bournemouth Sven Botman

Graves: "Botman has done a fantastic job"

Graves spoke on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk Podcast about Newcastle's assets they could sell.

On Botman, Graves said: "Does Sven Botman worry me a little bit? Maybe.

They spent big money on him him, he’s done a fantastic job, had injury problems last season. You see the links with Lloyd Kelly and Tosin Adarabioyo.

Is there a possibility that if they were to sell one of the blue chip players, he would be the one I think.”

Botman's injury could mean he stays

The Dutchman has been missing from Newcastle's first team since March after it was announced he would have surgery on a cruciate ligament injury that hadn't healed correctly from earlier in the season.

If Newcastle were to receive and accept an offer for Botman, chances are he wouldn't pass the medical due to his injuries.

Although Graves may be worried for Botman's future there is little chance of him leaving due to the length of time he is out for. He isn't expected to be back until around Christmas time.