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Conte has Tottenham in pole for Bastoni transfer but Inter argue why he should cost more than Romero

Tottenham Hotspur are in pole position to sign Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan despite interest from Manchester City, according to a report.

It could be a big summer for Tottenham, especially if they secure Champions League football for next season. Antonio Conte will want backing in the transfer market to continue the progress the club has been making.

One area the head coach still wants to upgrade is his defence. Specifically, he is looking for a left-footed centre-back. At present, in that role, he relies on Ben Davies, who was a full-back earlier in his career.

To provide more stability, Conte has been considering potential targets. One option he knows he could rely on is his former Inter pupil, Bastoni.

The Italy international was a lesser-used member of the squad that won Euro 2020 but is expected to increase his prominence in the Azzurri backline beyond the era of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

At club level, he has already established himself as a key component of a successful Inter side. When they won Serie A under Conte last season, Bastoni featured in 33 league games.

His potential is becoming clear to clubs across Europe. Links with Tottenham have been fairly frequent – and the latest source to indicate their interest is Corriere Dello Sport.

Per the Italian paper, Tottenham are in fact leading the race to sign Bastoni in the summer. Inter may have to make a sacrifice to balance the books and he is someone they could cash in on, albeit reluctantly.

Spurs dealt blow in Alessandro Bastoni chase

Spurs have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Inter's Alessandro Bastoni as Man City link is revealed.

By selling Bastoni and some fringe players, Inter believe they can keep other in-demand first-team players like Lautaro Martinez, Milan Skriniar, Marcelo Brozovic and Nicolo Barella.

Inter justify significant price tag

Therefore, both Inter and Tottenham could feasibly benefit from this strategy. However, Spurs will have to stump up a large sum to get their man.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, Inter feel well within their right to demand a higher sum for Bastoni than what Tottenham paid Atalanta for Cristian Romero last summer.

Their logic is that Bastoni has won more honours than Romero in his career so far and is a year younger. Therefore, Inter will hold out for a fee between €60million (£50.9m) and €70m (£59.3m).

At present, Tottenham look the likeliest to test their resolve. To do so, though, they may have to break their transfer record (currently the £54m they paid for Tanguy Ndombele).

But the report reminds that Manchester City have held an interest in Bastoni too. What’s more, their rivals Man Utd could also be in the market for a defender.

That said, the connection with Conte in particular could give Spurs an advantage at this stage.

Bastoni is under contract with Inter until 2024. It has previously been claimed he would not consider Tottenham due to a lower stature, but there could be a chance for Champions League qualification to change his mind.

Tottenham must make most of advantage for Bastoni

Virgil van Dijk challenging Alessandro Bastoni

There is little doubt that the 23-year-old would be a statement signing for Tottenham if they could get the deal over the line.

Bastoni has been a standout player in Serie A for four seasons now – first on loan with Parma and then for the past three campaigns with Inter.

He has justified their decision to splash out more than €30m when he was still a teenager at Atalanta. In turn, he would be hoping to prove his worth now his value has more than doubled.

Although he has no Premier League experience to date, neither did Romero. The Argentina international has done well in his debut season with Spurs, so there is no reason why Bastoni cannot follow suit.

From Tottenham’s perspective, though, it will be important to weigh up the costs of the deal when taking into account other areas they may want to strengthen.

But Bastoni is someone worth investing in. What’s more, given Conte’s long-term future is always unclear, perhaps Spurs should make the most of his presence there while they can in the battle for a top prospect.

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