The £54m-rated defender had emerged as Antonio Conte’s number one defensive target and recently held talks over a move to the Premier League.
What’s the latest news involving Bastoni?
With Conte hoping to build a squad ready to compete in the Champions League and Premier League, the Spurs boss has turned his attentions to his former side.
Having already secured the services of Ivan Perisic on a transfer, Conte is now hoping to convince Bastoni to swap Milan for London and join his revolution at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And according to Sky Sports, Bastoni, who won Serie A while playing under Conte in 2020-2021, has held talks with Tottenham, with Fabio Paratici keen on getting most of Spurs’ transfer business over the line before the start of pre-season.
Bastoni, described as a ‘phenomenon‘ by Serie A expert Conor Clancy, was quizzed about his Inter future following Italy’s win over Hungary on Tuesday, but kept his cards close to his chest.
He said: “I am an Inter player. I have a two-year contract with Inter. The club has not communicated anything to me. I go on vacation after the national team, and then I start again with Inter.”
Since then, his agent confirmed Bastoni would be staying at the San Siro, before a fresh twist emerged on Wednesday night when it was claimed that Tottenham hadn’t given up and could try to use Davinson Sanchez as part of a deal, as per Italian reports.
What did Jones say about Bastoni?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “They’d love to get him, there’s no doubt about that, but the big question they didn’t know the answer to was, does he want to leave Italy at this stage?
“They’ve got plenty of Italians around that squad to make him feel at home, but ultimately, he’s reasonably young and they weren’t sure he would feel comfortable making that step at this stage.”
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Would Bastoni be a starter for Tottenham?
Since Tottenham’s interest in Bastoni got underway, Ben Davies, the man he could replace in the starting line-up, has been playing some of the best football of his career.
Not only did the ex-Swansea City ace end the campaign in excellent form for his club, but his outstanding performance went some way to helping Wales qualify for the World Cup following victory against Ukraine earlier this week.
Tottenham surely won’t spend £50m+ on someone to sit on the bench, but Davies’ resurgence of late suggests the Welshman isn’t likely to give up his place in the team without a fight.