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Tottenham throw caution to the wind with £42m star lined up for cash-plus-player Bastoni bid

Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni

Tottenham are ready to try a new approach to sign Alessandro Bastoni after a report claimed they’ll include a £42m signing in a cash-plus-player bid.

Bastoni, 23, has been earmarked as the ideal candidate to take up the left-sided role in Antonio Conte’s back three. The Inter Milan ace is already a regular in Italy national squads and his addition would be the next step in Conte’s revolution in north London.

Sky Sports reported Tottenham have opened talks with Inter Milan over a transfer this summer. Italian outlet Calciomercato later doubled down on the good news when claiming Inter are nearing an agreement for Bastoni’s would-be replacement, Gleison Bremer.

However, the news since then hasn’t made great reading for Spurs fans.

Bastoni’s agent, Tullio Tinti, met with Inter chiefs on Wednesday to discuss his client’s future. After leaving the meeting, Tinti said: “Bastoni will certainly remain at Inter.

“He has a contract with Inter, he is happy to play at Inter and there’s no problem.”

Clearly, Tottenham have their work cut out if they’re to sign Conte’s perfect left-sided centre-half. And according to CalcioMercatoWeb, a new approach is being readied.

They report Davinson Sanchez is being lined up to be included in a cash-plus-player bid. €30m (£25.75m) would be tabled from Tottenham’s end to sweeten the deal.

Will new approach have the desired effect?

Sanchez arrived at Spurs in 2017 in a deal worth up to £42m pending add-ons. The Colombian made a bright start when playing alongside the likes of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but has struggled for consistency since that experienced duo departed.

Offering an insight as to whether the new approach could succeed, CalcioMercatoWeb conclude Inter would actually prefer a straight cash bid if they are to begrudgingly lose Bastoni.

That would be with a view to reinvesting in their final third. Both Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala are firm targets for the Nerazzurri.

Bastoni worth the hassle?

There is a relative dearth of elite left-sided centre-halves potentially on the market this summer. That is something Chelsea are also experiencing as they seek to replace Antonio Rudiger on their own left side.

Arsenal are another on the hunt for a left-footed centre-back to deputise for Gabriel Magalhaes. That is something that could see them reject the chance to sign a Borussia Dortmund ace poised to be offered around.

Other potential options include Pau Torres, though he is a target for Manchester United.

As such, it may wind up being in Spurs’ best interests to go above and beyond to twist Inter’s arm over Bastoni. At 23 and already familiar with Conte’s system, he could still represent good value even if a bid far north of £50m is required.