Date: 7th June 2022 at 2:23pm
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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in Inter Milan and Italy centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, but the two clubs are not in negotiations as of yet.

That is according to well-respected journalist and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, who was speaking on Chris Cowlin’s YouTube channel in regards to what business Spurs may do in the summer.

Antonio Conte has worked with Bastoni at Inter Milan before and both he and Fabio Paratici are thought to admire the 23-year-old Italy international. 

The club have been linked with numerous centre-backs before the window has even opened this summer, with Kalidou Koulibaly another name rumoured to be on Spurs’ shortlist. 

However, Romano has suggested that despite there being a definite interest in Conte’s former player, negotiations have not begun.

“For sure, he’s a player that’s [on] Tottenham’s list,” revealed Romano.

“He will be a perfect signing for Tottenham, but as of now, from what I’m told, Inter are still waiting to see if there will be an official proposal from Tottenham.

“The two clubs, as of today, they are not in negotiations.

“They’re [Inter] waiting to understand how much Tottenham are open to spending on him.”

Our thoughts on Romano’s comments…

It will be mixed news for Spurs fans, who will be happy to hear that the club are interested in Bastoni, but may be disappointed that the process of bringing him to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is not further along the line as much as they may have thought.

The £54m-rated man has been dubbed as “word class” by LiveScore’s Mitch Fretton, and would certainly form a scary partnership with current Spurs and Argentina centre-back Cristian Romero.

The Italy international would suit Conte’s back three system, as he is comfortable on the ball and playing out from the back, and is even useful in an attacking sense as well, being in the top 1% of all centre-backs in Europe’s top five leagues for progressive passes received per 90 minutes this season, as well as being in the top 3% for producing shot-creating actions, according to FBref.

We believe that Spurs should begin negotiations as soon as they possibly can with Inter, so they don’t let the chance of signing one of Italy’s brightest defensive prospects go.

He has experienced success under Conte before, and Spurs fans will hope that they can recreate the good times at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In other news, I’m told: Fabrizio Romano expects Spurs to move for £18m-rated beast again this summer


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