Tottenham miscalculate offer for elite defender, as Fabrizio Romano questions whether asking price even exists

Milan Skriniar (c), Marcelo Brozovic (l) and Alessandro Bastoni (R) joke each other before the Italian championship Serie A football match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale Credit: Alamy
Milan Skriniar (c), Marcelo Brozovic (l) and Alessandro Bastoni (R) joke each other before the Italian championship Serie A football match between SS Lazio and FC Internazionale Credit: Alamy

Any hopes Tottenham Hotspur have of signing Alessandro Bastoni in January have been put into perspective by Fabrizio Romano.

Bastoni has been linked with Tottenham practically ever since Antonio Conte became their head coach. The Italian defender previously won Serie A with the Spurs boss while they were together at Inter Milan.

As a left-footed centre-back who is comfortable in a back three, Bastoni would be an ideal fit for Conte – and even Tottenham’s long-term future beyond their current head coach.

A report last week suggested Bastoni could be available for €50million (around £43.4million). Tottenham were suggested as one of three potential bidders, alongside Manchester United and Manchester City.

Since Bastoni is out of contract in 2024, a transfer could soon be on the agenda unless he renews his contract.

However, despite all the optimism Tottenham might be generating, Romano has clarified that Inter do not want to let go of the 23-year-old.

In fact, a January departure has been ruled out – and if he was to move, it would not be for €50million.

Romano wrote in a column for online outlet Caught Offside: “Sorry Tottenham fans, but I have no news on Alessandro Bastoni right now; he has a long-term contract with Inter and he won’t leave in January, despite speculation to the contrary.

“I can’t even give you a clear idea of an asking price as I don’t think Inter would name one, but I’m sure they won’t sell him for the reported €50-60m I’ve seen around.”

Bastoni himself seems happy to commit his future to Inter. He has been their player since 2017, when they signed him from Atalanta before loaning him back and then watching him develop further at Parma.

Bastoni off the table but Tottenham could be active again

A member of the Inter first team since 2019, Bastoni has now accumulated more than 100 appearances for the Nerazzurri. Unfortunately for Tottenham, there should be many more to come.

That said, they already have Clement Lenglet among their ranks as a left footer at the back. If he does well over his loan spell from Barcelona, he could stay on a permanent basis.

It would lessen the blow of missing out on Bastoni. However, Romano has suggested Spurs can still expect a busy January transfer window elsewhere.

At the same time last year, they strengthened the squad Conte was inheriting by signing Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski. In 2023, more new faces could come in.

Romano recently confirmed to the same outlet: “Tottenham will try to support Conte as they also did in the summer.

“In January they will try to find a solution for players that are not playing regularly; there’s a chance for new signings, for sure.”

Hence, even though Bastoni might be off limits, there could be reason for optimism at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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