According to Sky Sports writer Dharmesh Sheth, Tottenham Hotspur is keeping an eye on Alessandro Bastoni’s contract status in preparation for perhaps trying to recruit the Inter Milan defender to Hotspur Way.
Although Spurs have already added six players since the transfer window opened for business, there is still time for further additions to be made as the deadline isn’t until September 1.
With Inter prioritising keeping hold of fellow central defender Milan Skriniar instead, Gazzetta dello Sport of Italy reports that Tottenham may now have an advantage in their pursuit of Bastoni.
That may allow Spurs to seal a deal just a few weeks after it became known that the Serie A heavyweights had no intention of selling the 23-year-old due to him being a key member of their backline.
Tottenham’s head coach Antonio Conte prioritised adding a left-sided center-back going into the team, and it was believed that Bastoni was one of four players on his shortlist of targets.
However, the north Londoners decided to recruit Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan from Barcelona since it was tough to pry the Italian away from the San Siro before preseason.
Bastoni’s long-term future is uncertain as he enters the final two years of his Inter deal, which pays him £122,000 per week.
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To what extent has Dharmesh Sheth discussed Bastoni?
Sheth feels that despite welcoming Lenglet to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Spurs may still attempt to pounce for Bastoni in the future.
The 15-cap Italy international’s contract status at the San Siro will be being monitored by the north Londoners, according to the Sky Sports correspondent.
Why is Conte interested in Bastoni in the long run?
Conte is familiar with Bastoni since they shared the Serie A championship when the now-Tottenham manager was Inter’s manager.
Conte chose his fellow countryman, who is valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt, 74 times, demonstrating how highly regarded he is.
In addition to strengthening Spurs’ defence, Bastoni could also prove to be an attacking threat. According to statistics, for passes into the penalty area, shot-creating actions, and assists among central defenders in the continent’s top five leagues and European competitions last season, he placed in the 99th, 97th, and 90th percentiles, respectively.