Alasdair Gold has suggested that Tottenham could try to sign Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni again next summer when Clement Lenglet’s loan deal runs out.
Spurs failed with a move for Bastoni in the summer transfer window (Football.London) but over recent weeks, the North Londoners have been backed to try to sign the Inter star in the future.
Inter Live reported a couple of weeks ago that Spurs will reignite their pursuit of the centre-back next summer and claimed that the Lilywhites are ready to pay €50m (£43.7m) for the 23-year-old’s services.
Fichajes also backed up Tottenham’s interest in Bastoni, but they revealed that the North London club could face competition from Manchester City and Real Madrid for the Italy international.
Gold has now pointed to Bastoni’s lack of regular starts at Inter this season, with his contract set to expire in a season and a half.
The journalist suggested that while a January move is unlikely for the centre-back, a transfer could be on the cards next summer if he does not sign a new contract. with the Nerazzuri.
Gold said on his YouTube channel: “With Bastoni, the player just didn’t want to leave Milan, he was very happy at Inter and didn’t have any real intention of going despite Spurs’ best efforts. Spurs were willing to pay the money, but the player didn’t want to leave.
“I have been keeping an eye on him and he’s only started six Serie A games this season, he’s been an unused sub in three of the last four games as well.
“It’s there to see that he hasn’t been starting every match, for a 23-year-old, there is talk of him getting a new contract, but at the moment it will expire in 18 months’ time.
“I do think January will be too difficult to prise him away, it’s not like a game of FIFA or Football Manager, in January it’s difficult to sign those kind of players, those are summer deals, and I do wonder with Lenglet’s loan having no option to buy if Bastoni is in mind for next summer.”
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Tottenham are nailed on to be in the market for a left-sided centre-back next summer but that does not mean that Lenglet is likely to leave at the end of his loan spell.
The Frenchman has shown over recent weeks that he is capable of covering in the central sweeper role and so perhaps Conte will want him as a squad player.
The decision could even come down to who Conte values more between Davies and Lenglet. I can even see Spurs deciding to sign the on-loan Barcelona man permanently and moving on the Welshman next summer.
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