Major boost for Tottenham with £50m transfer target lined up for summer move after refusing to pen new contract
Tottenham have been given a serious transfer lift amid claims Alessandro Bastoni is refusing to agree a new contract at current club Inter Milan.
Tottenham have used the connections of manager Antonio Conte and director of football Fabio Paratici to sign a few players from Italian clubs recently. They include Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevski, Cristian Romero and Ivan Perisic.
Conte and Paratici look set to dip back into the Serie A market at the end of the season, too. Bastoni is one of their top transfer targets to improve the defence.
He is a left-footed centre-half. This means he could become Ben Davies’ successor on the left side of Conte’s back three. Clement Lenglet was expected to provide competition for Davies, but the Barcelona loanee is not up to scratch and will therefore be sent back to Spain in the summer.
Spurs have previously been told it would take a bid in the region of £50million to snare Bastoni from Inter. There have also been suggestions Spurs could get him for just £13m. Although, that will only happen if one of Conte’s players moves to Inter in exchange.
The Serie A outfit are wary of Spurs’ growing interest in their player. And are trying to organise a contract renewal as a result. Bastoni’s current deal expires in summer 2024, which is giving Spurs hope they can land him.
As per Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter are in discussions with Bastoni and his entourage about an extension.
The 23-year-old is currently one of the medium earners at the Nerazzurri. But he has told club officials he wants to become one of the highest earners, just behind Nicolo Barella and Lautaro Martinez.
Inter star wants serious wage increase, putting Serie A future in doubt
Bastoni believes his wage should rise from €3m per season to €5.5m per season, due to his top displays for Inter and the fact he is a regular in Roberto Mancini’s Italy national team.
However, Inter have no intention of meeting Bastoni’s demands right now. As such, there is a strong chance he will end up rejecting their next contract offer.
And with the defender’s contract expiring next year, Inter may have to sell this summer to get the best price for him possible. Spurs will be keeping tabs on the situation and will swoop in if Bastoni becomes available for transfer.
The former Atalanta man would be a great signing for Conte. During his time at Inter, he has proved himself to be one of the best defenders in Serie A. He also boasts Champions League experience. He will likely start against Porto in the round of 16 first leg later this month.
While Davies has been a loyal servant to Spurs, Bastoni would be a step up on him. And it is additions like these which are required if Spurs want to get amongst the Premier League title race and in the mix for other major trophies.
Meanwhile, there has been an update on Harry Kane’s future, with Spurs coming to a big exit stance.