Tottenham are interested in a deal to bring Alessandro Bastoni to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claimed that Antonio Conte has put the Inter Milan centre-back at the top of his transfer wish list, with Fabio Paratici said to be readying a major bid for the 23-year-old at the end of the current campaign.
The report added that the Serie A giants may be willing to sanction the sale of the Italy international this summer, so long as they were to receive an offer in the region of €70m (£59m), as this would allow Simone Inzaghi to keep hold of a number of his other key players heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
Considering the sheer amount of potential that Bastoni quite clearly possesses, and with Conte having a previous working relationship with the defender, it is not difficult to understand why the 52-year-old would be interested in a deal to bring the starlet to north London this summer.
Indeed, over his 30 Serie A appearances this season, the £59m-rated talent has been imperious in the heart of the Inter defence, helping his side to keep eight clean sheets, along with making 1.2 tackles, 1.5 interceptions and 1.9 clearances and winning 4.1 duels (at a success rate of 60%) per game.
The 23-year-old left-footer has also impressed going forwards, scoring one goal, registering three assists and creating four big chances for his team-mates, in addition to making 50.8 passes, four long balls and 0.5 key passes per fixture.
These returns have seen the £122k-per-week youngster – who Italian football expert Conor Clancy dubbed “a phenomenon” – average a quite sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.10, ranking him as Inzaghi’s eighth-best performer in Serie A.
Furthermore, FBRef rank the Italian in the top 1% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for progressive passes received per 90, along with the top 4% for shot-creating actions, the top 10% for assists, the top 11% for progressive carries, the top 12% for xA, the top 14% for progressive passes and the top 15% for pressures over the last 365 days.
As such, with it being reported that a new left-sided centre-back is one of Conte’s priority targets in the summer transfer window, it is clear that Bastoni would be something of a perfect signing for Paratici to get over the line in the coming months.