Fabio Paratici can seal Alessandro Bastoni Tottenham transfer deal with key Inter detail
Alessandro Bastoni is currently on the lips of all Tottenham fans as the club look to sign a new left-sided centre-back this summer. A position on their radar before January, it was decided that Spurs would rather wait until the 2022/23 campaign to strengthen there.
Ben Davies excelled in the position under Antonio Conte but the Welshman was the only real player for the spot despite Tottenham having a number of other options across the backline. Not wanting to have just one man for the job, Fabio Paratici will now do his best to bring in someone to help the club get to the next level as the fans want Bastoni.
A player the Chief Football Officer knows well from his time in Italy, Conte spent two years working with the Italy international during his tenure as Inter Milan boss and he will know him inside and out. Excelling for the Nerazzurri and a regular at the back for the past three campaigns after previous loan spells with Atalanta and Parma, a fee of around £51million could be needed to land the centre-back’s signature.
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Tottenham see no problem in meeting the player’s wage expectations or Inter’s fee, but the issue comes in convincing Bastoni to leave the San Siro as he is currently very happy with Simone Inzaghi’s squad. Spurs will have to convince the Italian that now is the right time to leave Serie A for the Premier League, although Bastoni is keen to reconnect with Conte at some point.
Inter Milan’s financial situation may well play a role in what exactly will happen with Bastoni by the time the summer window for business closes. Needing to move players 12 months ago in order to raise vital funds, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi were big-name departures as they joined Chelsea and PSG respectively in mega-money deals.
Inter, who have been linked with a decision to re-sign Lukaku after his nightmare at Stamford Bridge, may again need to raise funds to help fund their own income, meaning Bastoni could potentially be sacrificed if Tottenham were submitting a suitable offer. Bastoni’s current contract at San Siro, unless new terms are offered to him this summer, could play a part in their thinking as it is due to expire in the summer of 2024.
As he only has two years left on his contract until he can leave on a free transfer, this is the window when Inter can secure the highest fee for him. A player’s valuation begins to decline once he enters the final 24 months of his contract, with many examples in the past where teams have had to sell players with 18 or 12 months remaining on deals to a reduced price to avoid running the risk of losing them for nothing.
Tottenham found themselves in a rather precarious position three summers ago with Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen all entering the final 12 months of their respective contracts. While Spurs managed to convince Alderweireld to sign a new contract shortly after Jose Mourinho arrived as boss, Vertonghen left for free and Eriksen headed to Inter in a cut-price move.
If Inter want to charge big for Bastoni, this is the summer to do it. With Ivan Perisic already signed on the dotted line and Fraser Forster set to follow, Spurs fans will have their fingers crossed for the Italy international to arrive in the coming weeks.
Bastoni is currently on international duty with his country until the middle of the month and that means there has been no progress in convincing him that the time has come to leave Milan for N17. All concerned are hoping for a breakthrough sooner rather than later as Conte and Paratici look to build their 2022/23 Spurs squad in time for the big August kick-off.