Gazzetta dello Sport have now revealed that Paris Saint-Germain’s pursuit of Milan Skriniar has now hit a speedbump, which could have implications on Tottenham’s interest in Alessandro Bastoni if previous reports are to be believed.
Bastoni was thought to be at the top of Antonio Conte’s wishlist for a left-sided centre-back earlier this summer (Football.London).
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.
The Daily Express’ Ryan Taylor explained on Chris Cowlin YouTube channel two weeks ago that although Inter need 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.
However, Gazzetta’s latest update might potentially give Spurs a lifeline in their pursuit of Bastoni, with the publication reporting that PSG are having trouble agreeing on a deal for Skriniar.
The report explains that Inter have raised their asking price for the Slovak from around €60m (£51m) to €70m (£60m) over recent days.
It is asserted that while the Ligue 1 giants were confident of concluding a deal for the 27-year-old over the coming days, that belief is now wavering as Simone Inzaghi’s men continue to play hardball over the centre-back.
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Inter know that they have to sell Skriniar to balance their books, and so, I doubt they would play hardball on the price if they felt PSG could walk away from the deal.
I do expect Inter and PSG to agree on a fee for the Slovak eventually, which would probably mean that Bastoni will remain at the San Siro for at least one more season.
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