Tottenham target Alessandro Bastoni is unlikely to be on the market in January, according to transfer reporter Dean Jones.
Spurs have been linked with the Inter Milan defender since the summer, but it looks like they will have to wait before they have a realistic chance of signing him.
What is the latest news involving Bastoni?
A report from Inter Live claims that Bastoni is attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League.
It states that Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keen on the 23-year-old and could make a €50m (around £43m) offer for him.
Spurs’ interest in Bastoni is not new. According to Sky Sports, the north London club wanted to sign him in the last transfer window.
Unfortunately for Antonio Conte, though, he was unable to get his hand on his former player, who played 74 times under the 53-year-old during his time at Inter.
What has Jones said about Bastoni and Tottenham?
It appears that Tottenham still have Bastoni on their radar, but Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that a deal in January is unlikely.
Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “I’m not sure how realistic he is. I’ve been told by people regularly in Italy that they don’t think he’ll be gettable in January, and I think Tottenham have been told that, too.”
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How have Tottenham performed defensively this season?
While Conte was unable to land Bastoni last summer, he still managed to add to his defence by bringing in the likes of Clement Lenglet and Ivan Perisic, with the latter arriving to play at wing-back.
Spurs, however, have still looked very shaky at the back at times. Conte’s side may currently sit in fourth, but they are outside of the top 10 when it comes to fewest goals conceded after being breached on 21 occasions (via WhoScored).
To put that into context, Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham have all done better than Tottenham in that department this season.
When you consider the above, perhaps Conte could do with a new defensive addition like Bastoni.
The Italy international, who has been described as a “fantastic” centre-half by Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge, is also left-footed, so he would add more balance to Spurs’ squad, too.
If Tottenham still want to sign him, though, which does look to be the case, it seems they are going to have to wait until next summer.
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