Manchester United ‘join the race to sign Inter Milan’s in-demand defender Alessandro Bastoni’ but Erik ten Hag faces fierce competition from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur for the £51m star
- Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni has caught the eye of giants Manchester United
- But the defender has also impressed arch rivals Manchester City and Tottenham
- Inter are keen to offload him to balance the books instead of Lautaro Martinez
- The Serie A runners-up are set to reject any bids below their £51m valuation
Manchester United have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni.
The 23-year-old has drawn the attentions of most of Europe’s leading clubs after another impressive season at the Serie A giants.
According to reports from La Gazetta dello Sport, the Red Devils are not the only Premier League side’s eye he has caught.
Alessandro Bastoni, 23, has featured 44 times for Inter Milan this season, scoring once
Arch rivals Manchester City and Tottenham, who have both qualified for next season’s Champions League, are reportedly interested in signing the player, who played under Spurs boss Antonio Conte during his time in Milan.
And given that United have not qualified for Europe’s elite club competition, it is hard to see the sought-after Italian choosing them over the like’s of City and Spurs.
New United boss Erik Ten Hag is likely to be handed a huge transfer budget to rejuvenate and repair what has become a limp and lifeless squad towards the end of the 2021/22 season.
The Dutchman has already ordered a ‘full report’ in order to assess who is ready to be part of his squad next year, and with the financial backing he is likely to receive from United he will not be deterred by Inter’s €60million (£51m) asking price.
Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag is already an admirer of the Atalanta academy graduate
Whilst Inter are loathe to part with their better players, they are faced with similar issues to those which forced them into selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea last summer.
The club desperately needs to balance their books, and it is thought that though they value Bastoni highly, they are more concerned with retaining the services of star striker Lautaro Martinez.
And with several of Europe’s top sides already circling, the sale of the 23-year-old defender represents a quick method of bringing in some much-needed cash to the Serie A runners-up.
Lautaro Martinez has attracted interest from Europe’s elite after 29 contributions in 49 games
With United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, it is hard to see a reason to join them, especially when Premier League Champions City are an alternative.
Even Tottenham represent a more appealing prospect having beaten Arsenal to fourth place and are managed by Bastoni’s former manager Conte who retains a close bond with the defender.
With the rebuilding project Ten Hag is faced with at the Old Trafford club he can expect it to be a tall order to convince Europe’s elite players to join, but Bastoni’s signature would surely be a statement of intent for what is to come.
Bastoni started all of Inter’s Champions League games, before being knocked out by Liverpool
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