Tottenham Hotspur will look to revisit Antonio Conte’s former club for another signing this summer after edging closer to signing Ivan Perisic this week…
What’s the word?
According to Italian journalist Pasquale Guarro of Calciomercato, the north London outfit will push to sign Inter Milan star Alessandro Bastoni after the defender received a personal call from manager Antonio Conte.
“There is not only #Perisic in the aims of #Tottenham , the “Spurs” push for #Bastoni and in recent days the defender has received the call of #Conte,” he tweeted.
The Italy international has been linked with a move frequently since the climax of the 2021/22 campaign, with The Athletic revealing that Conte is a big admirer, though the Serie A giants will not be pushed to sell him, given his talent and potential.
They could request a fee in the region of £50m.
Conte’s summer dream
Bastoni would be something of a dream signing for the 52-year-old at Hotspur Way as he looks to bolster his playing squad with a much-needed addition.
After arriving in N17 back in November, Conte quickly adapted Spurs’ system to a three-man defence but he did so without a solid left-sided central defender.
Would you be happy if Spurs signed Perisic and Bastoni?
Full-back Ben Davies has been the man to play alongside Eric Dier and Atalanta loanee Cristian Romero and whilst he has done a very decent job, he’s not a natural middle man, whereas Conte’s former starlet is.
As a player compared to both Leonardo Bonucci and Alessandro Nesta, it’s no surprise that his ball-playing ability is something that stands out amongst the rest of his qualities and it’s no wonder Conte is super keen to sign him for Tottenham.
According to The Athletic in April 2022, the Inter centre-back ranked inside the top five of all Serie A defenders for attempted passes per 90, whilst also ranking in the top 6% for intensity and top 14% for ball retention.
Bastoni, described as a “phenomenon” by Italian football expert Conor Clancy to Football FanCast recently, would be a superb arrival this off-season.
The £54m-rated colossus is evidently the manager’s no.1 defensive target, so sporting director Fabio Paratici and co must do all they can do seal his signature. It would be £50m well invested.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano drops major Conte update at Spurs…