Antonio Conte is plotting a fresh offer to bring Alessandro Bastoni to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to a report by Italian media outlet CalcioMercatoWeb, who claimed that, despite the 23-year-old’s agent Tullio Tinti recently revealing that the centre-back is likely to stay at Inter Milan this summer, the Spurs manager is now plotting a fresh offensive for the Italy international.
The report added that the 52-year-old’s latest move will see Tottenham offer the Nerazzuri €30m (£25m) in cash, along with the services of Davinson Sanchez, who has been made surplus to requirements at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Considering how exciting a prospect Bastoni evidently is, and with a move for the Inter starlet having very much looked dead in the water following Tinti’s recent claim, the news that Spurs could yet pursue a move for the 23-year-old this summer is sure to have left the Tottenham faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 31 Serie A appearances in 2021/22, the £60m-rated talent was in remarkable form for Simone Inzaghi’s side, helping Inter to keep eight clean sheets, along with making 1.1 interceptions, 1.4 tackles and 1.8 clearances and winning 4.1 duels (at a success rate of 60%) per game.
The £122k-per-week left-footer also impressed going forwards, bagging one goal, providing three assists and creating four big chances for his team-mates, in addition to completing 50.5 passes, four long balls, 0.4 dribbles and 0.5 key passes per fixture.
These metrics saw the 14-cap Italy international average a remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.10, ranking him as Inter’s second-best defender and their eighth-best player overall in the league this season.
Furthermore, according to FBRef data, the defender also ranks in the top 14% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for passes attempted per 90, as well as the top 25% for passes completed, the top 15% for progressive passes, the top 11% for progressive carries, the top 22% for dribbles completed, the top 3% for shot-creating actions and the top 15% for pressures over the last 365 days.
As such, it is clear to see just how well suited Bastoni would be in the role of Conte’s left-sided centre-back at Tottenham, a position which is reported to be the manager’s priority in the summer transfer window.
Also, Sanchez very much appears to be second choice to Cristian Romero on the right of Conte’s back three, so should the Colombia international prove sufficient to convince Inter to part with Bastoni this summer, it is undeniable that it would be a swap deal well worth doing for Spurs.