Date: 25th May 2022 at 7:25pm
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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in securing the services of Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni this summer, as per football.london reporter Alasdair Gold.

The Lowdown: Conte ready to build squad

Tottenham’s majority shareholders ENIC announced on Tuesday that they would be injecting £150m worth of cash into the club, which will be primarily based on improving the playing staff.

Conte is known to want to reshape the squad with two new central defenders, a right and left wing-back, another midfielder and another striker

The Latest: Conte and Paratici appreciate Bastoni

Speaking on his latest YouTube video on Spurs’ transfer plans for the summer, Gold revealed that Conte and director of football Fabio Paratici are admirers of the 23-year-old Italian centre-back, with Conte having worked with Bastoni as recently as the 2020/21 season. 

“I know that both Conte and Paratici adore Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan.”

“He’s 23, fits on the left side of a back three very nicely, he’d be very similar to [Cristian] Romero on the right.”

“He’s only got two years left on his deal, but there’s talk that it will be north of £50m for him.”

“But that’s a top, top-class player.”

The Verdict: Pricey but worth it

The Italian international might take a sizeable chunk out of Spurs’ budget, but if they can manage to pull the deal off, they have a top-class, proven, young player on their hands.

Compared with his centre-back competition, which would likely be Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, and Davinson Sánchez, the current Inter Milan man would very clearly be an upgrade.

According to FBref, only Romero (45) has won more tackles than Bastoni (35) out of the three centre-backs this season, whilst the Inter man has a higher pressure success rate (39.6%) than any of his centre-half competitors.

He is also an astute passer of the ball, which would be critical in Conte’s five at the back formation, and has proved this with a pass success rate of 89% from an attempted 1,798 passes, with only Sánchez able to beat him in this department (89.3%) though the Colombian has attempted 710 less passes than Bastoni, according to the same stats provider.

The 23-year-old, described as a “phenomenon” and the future of Roberto Mancini’s team by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, may be pricey at north of £50m, but he would be a staggering improvement to what they already have, and would be ideally suited to his former manager’s system.

In other news a reliable journalist now claims Conte and Paratici want “oustanding” £18m rated wing-back

 

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