Conversations about Inter Milan central defender Alessandro Bastoni’s transfer to Tottenham have heated up again after recent developments. Spurs were heavily connected to Bastoni and his Inter teammate Milan Skriniar last summer, but they ultimately decided to borrow Clement Lenglet from Barcelona instead.
There was, however, a persistent rumor that Antonio Conte would like to consider signing either player again in 2023. This is largely due to the fact that Spurs are under no contractual compulsion to acquire Lenglet from Barcelona, leaving an opening in their starting defensive trio. And now, after Sunday’s events, rumors have resurfaced between Tottenham and Bastoni.
The 23-year-old was substituted out by Inter manager Simone Inzaghi in the first half of the 3-1 loss to Udinese in Serie A. After 30 minutes of play at the Dacia Arena, the Nerazzurri manager chose to make a double substitution, taking off Henrikh Mkhitaryan and bringing in Bastoni.
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Bastoni was not impressed by the fact that both players had been warned in the first 20 minutes. Upon being hauled off the field by Inzaghi, Bastoni reportedly became enraged and kicked a bench seat several times, as reported by Football Italia.
“Robin Gosens, a teammate, tried to calm him down by pointing out how many people were observing his reaction.
The 23-year-old Italian center-back received his first yellow card of the Serie A campaign. And he certainly wasn’t won over by Inzaghi’s prudence. The Spurs’ popularity has risen once more. CMW has claimed that this response proves Bastoni’s conduct notified Tottenham once more.
During the summer, Inter made it clear that they would not sell the player for anything less than £53 million. Given the player’s current contract situation, however, it is expected that this valuation will decrease in the coming year.
Bastoni’s present contract expires in the summer of 2024, thus he may choose to work toward its early termination. Having all the cards on the player’s side like that could lead to a bidding war to secure his signature.
Bastoni is a great addition to the Conte offense. With Conte’s back-three formation, Bastoni can play on the left side of the defense. And like Ben Davies and Clement Lenglet, he came up through the ranks as a left defender who was eventually comfortable playing in an advanced role under Antonio Conte’s system.
Spurs may have competition for the services of this defender, who is considered by many to be among the best in Serie A. The opportunity to play in the Premier League under Conte, however, may be too enticing to pass up.
Tottenham will probably just hold out hope that the transfer fee would go down drastically. In major part, they spent £45 million on Cristian Romero in the summer, making them one of the most expensive clubs in the world.
On Saturday, October 1, Spurs will travel to Arsenal for a Premier League match. When it comes to the health of Hugo Lloris, the team’s captain, Conte will be keeping his fingers crossed. Due to a thigh injury, the French star will miss the team’s future matches in the Nations League. So, he is also a significant question mark for the north London derby.