In what potentially comes as a boost to any Tottenham hopes of signing Alessandro Bastoni, Gazzetta dello Sport have now revealed that Inter Milan have decided to keep hold of Milan Skriniar.
Bastoni was thought to be at the top of Antonio Conte’s wishlist for a left-sided centre-back earlier this summer (Football.London) but the North London club eventually ended up signing Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona.
The Athletic reported earlier this month that Spurs decided to turn their attentions to Lenglet instead since Conte wanted his signings to be completed in time for pre-season, and Inter were reluctant to let the Italy international leave this summer.
It emerged over recent weeks that with Inter needing to raise funds through player sales this summer, the Nerazzurri were hoping to do so by sacrificing Skriniar to PSG instead of letting Bastoni leave (Ryan Taylor on Chris Cowlin YouTube channel).
Gazzetta have now revealed that Inter have ‘grown impatient’ with PSG in their negotiations over Skriniar and could do a U-turn on the Slovak’s future.
It is asserted that Simone Inzaghi could now decide to keep the 27-year-old at the San Siro and even offer him a new contract.
The report explains that Inter’s decision could also be down to Juventus’ move to sign Gleison Bremer from Torino as the Nerazzuri wanted to replace Skriniar with the Brazilian.
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Tottenham may be hoping that Inter’s decision on Skriniar might also lead them to change their stance on another one of their price assets in Bastoni, given the Serie A club’s need to raise funds.
Perhaps, the Spurs hierarchy knew that Inter’s stance on Bastoni could change towards the end of the transfer window.
Tottenham might have signed Lenglet as a fallback option to ensure that they are not left scrambling if a deal for the Italian international falls through.
So, the Spurs hierarchy might still be paying close attention to Bastoni’s and Inter’s situation.
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