Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly suffered a hit in their attempt to sign a defender this summer as Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni appears unwilling to leave the Italian giants. Antonio Conte has already checked out his ex-club Inter this summer as Croatia international Ivan Perisic is about to join his ex-boss in London.
However, Conte has taken a hit to bolster his defense at Tottenham as Bastoni, who Spurs once signed on pole position, is now unlikely to leave Inter.
London Evening Standard reporter Dan Kilpatrick tweeted: “As it stands, Bastoni is reluctant to leave Inter. Deal not dead in the water but Spurs need to convince him.
Tottenham are reportedly eyeing a £50m deal for the 23-year-old, who played 41 Serie A games under Conte in 2020/21 as the duo won the Scudetto together at Inter. He has remained a regular under Simone Inzaghi, has been crowned 11 times by Italy since his debut for Roberto Mancini’s side in 2020 and was part of their winning squad at Euro 2020.
However, Kilpatrick provided a more positive update on Spurs’ move to Perisic. He added: “Perisic stayed at Spurs overnight and is expected to complete a medical today and sign a two-year deal worth around £100,000 a week.”
Perisic, who reached the World Cup final with Croatia in 2018, could start under Conte at full-back next season after scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 35 Serie A games last season. Capped 113 times for his country, he has been at Inter since 2015, where he won the Scudetto under Conte in the 2020-2021 season. He has a wealth of experience, having also won the Champions League on loan to Bayern Munich in 2020.
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They are also close to signing Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster to replace club captain Hugo Lloris on a free transfer as the club turned down a chance to sign Pierluigi Gollini on a permanent basis.
With a deal for Bastoni now looking less likely, Spurs will keep an eye on defenders previously linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium such as Villareal’s Pau Torres, Nottingham Forest’s Djed Spence and Torino’s Gleison Bremer.