Tottenham target Alessandro Bastoni is in London, but not for reasons related to a possible move to Spurs.
football.londonUnderstand that Inter will not accept anything less than £51m for the center half. Bastoni would be a statement signing for Tottenham as they look to head into a successful new era under Conte.
Bastoni wrote a message on Instagram yesterday that had the title: ‘Flying to London’. Naturally, Tottenham fans were going to be interested in such a statement, but it’s not worth getting too excited about at the moment.
Italy play Argentina on Wednesday night at Wembley Stadium, and Bastoni has been included in Roberto Mancini’s squad, which is why he traveled to the English capital. As it is, he is not related to the transfer, but of course it is not yet known if he will take another flight for that reason in the future.
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The player’s position on the issue of going to the Spurs is also clear. Responding to a question about whether Bastoni is reluctant to leave Inter in a recent question and answer session, football.London Tottenham Hotspur chief correspondent Alasdair Gold said: “There are two sides to this, Bastoni is understood to be keen to play Antonio Conte again at some point, but he is happy at the moment at Inter Milan, and it’s worth it. It’s worth remembering that he just turned 23 last month, so he’s young in terms of his career and uprooted from Italy. [Cristian] Romero, had already been uprooted from his homeland.
“Spurs’ hope is that Bastoni can bring additional quality to the left side of Tottenham’s back three to complement the strength and quality of Romero on the other side. They see him as a potential heir to Jan Vertonghen with a style similarly skilful to the Belgian in being a ball-playing defender rather than an aggressive one like Romero. That might make his adaptation to the physical nature of the Premier League a bit more gradual than the Argentine’s, and perhaps that be a concern that the player also has.
Gold added: “The key to whether Tottenham can pull off this deal may depend on how much Inter need the money and whether they help push Bastoni out the door, particularly as he only has two years left on his contract. The Serie A club they want to sign players this summer, most notably Gleison Bremer from Torino for around £21m, and if they decide that selling Bastoni for more than £51m can fund more deals, then they can help influence their decision.
“It’s a long summer, and if Bastoni gets his act together and decides it’s not the right time to move, then Spurs will turn to their other targets. I reported the other day that Tottenham really like Josko Gvardiol, although there will be competition for his signing, and there are suggestions that he would like to stay at RB Leipzig for one more season. Signing the best players is not easy, but Paratici and Conte will have their target lists.”
Bastoni would be a statement signing for Tottenham as they look to head into a successful new era under Conte. Whether they can reach an agreement on the line remains to be seen, but early signs are encouraging, to say the least.