‘Worst player on the pitch’ – Media slam Spurs target Bastoni for his 4/10 Italy performance

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Alessandro Bastoni
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The Italian media slammed reported Tottenham target Alessandro Bastoni this week for the part he played in the national side’s thrashing at the hands of Germany. 

Italy managed to pull back two goals back at the end of the game, including one from Bastoni himself, but Germany were 5-0 up in the 70th minute of the Nations League match.

Gazzetta Dello Sport asked the question ‘what is happening to him?’, while also describing him as the ‘worst player on the pitch’ and handing him a 4/10 rating.

Journalist Jacque Talbot reported that Inter Milan are determined to keep Alessandro Bastoni at the club and will prioritise selling other players this summer.

Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti also said following his meeting with the Inter hierarchy last week that his client would be staying put at the San Siro (Football Italia).

However, multiple publications have since claimed that despite Tinti’s statement, Tottenham’s pursuit of the 23-year-old is not yet dead.

The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke has suggested that Inter could change their stance as the €60m (£51m) they stand to gain from the centre-back’s sale could prove to be too much to ignore, given their financial situation.

Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has also claimed that Spurs are continuing to monitor Bastoni but added that it would take a ‘drastic change’ for Inter to sell the defender.

Italian journalist Mina Rzouki remarked this week that the Nerazzurri’s owners might have no choice but to hold on to the Italy international as they could face a backlash from the fans if they allowed him to leave (Sky Sports).

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The fact that Spurs have seemingly not pushed ahead with moves for alternatives to Bastoni, such as Pau Torres and Sven Botman, suggests that the North Londoners believe they may still be able to get the Inter star. 

This situation could depend on the fees that Inter get for the likes of Milan Skriniar and Stefan de Vrij. However, one would not expect Spurs to wait too long before moving on to other options, given that Conte wants key targets to be signed before the start of pre-season.

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