Tottenham target Alessandro Bastoni may “emerge” as the priority for the club during the upcoming summer transfer window…
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, transfer insider Dean Jones claimed: “I think there’s a good chance that Bastoni will emerge as the guy. At this stage, I keep being told there is no order at the moment, that they’ll see at the end of the season where they’re at and they’ll go from there.
“They have a shortlist, but it’s not in any sort of ranking, as it stands.”
Having been together during their time at Inter, Bastoni would surely come into this Spurs side ready to meet Conte’s demands of playing as the left-sided centre-back in a back-three.
The Italian attempts 70.9 passes per game, which puts him in the top 5% of centre-backs in Serie A, while his score score of 94 out of 99 for defending intensity, i.e. how active he is in his defensive approach, is an impressive snapshot of how aggressive he likes to be.
A piece from The Athletic revealed: “When Conte arrived at Inter in 2019, Bastoni was a 20-year-old who had not yet played for the first team having spent the previous season out on loan at Parma. But Conte wanted to build with Bastoni, so he was in the Inter squad for the 2019-20 season, and Bastoni was thrilled. It did not take long for him to say that Conte was ‘the Messi of coaches’, praising his ‘exceptional football ideas’.”
Predominantly left-footed as well, the Italian is reminiscent of Spurs’ former ball-playing colossus Jan Vertonghen, with talent scout Jacek Kulig noting that the 23-year-old is a “complete, dominant and elegant” defender, while adding last year: “Fantastic young centre-back with some superb ball skills. Perfect to play in a three-man defence. Antonio Conte’s talisman.”
Valued at £60m by CIES, Bastoni and Conte could rekindle their partnership from Inter in north London, and enjoy the same kind of success they did there.
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