Alessandro Bastoni and partner Antonio Conte want to recreate at Tottenham next season

Antonio Conte would like to recreate a key partnership of his title-winning Inter Milan within his new look Tottenham team for the upcoming campaign.

According to Conte’s instructions, Spurs have already signed Ivan Perisic before the summer transfer window opens, with the 33-year-old arriving at Hotspur Way last week. The Croatian international, who has won the Champions League, two Bundesliga titles, Serie A and also home cups with four different clubs, will compete with 21-year-old Ryan Sessegnon on the left to give Conte a mix. of experience and youth on that side. Both players can also play higher up the pitch if necessary.

With the signature of Perisic assured, Conte and Spurs‘Football manager Fabio Paratici wants to bring another Inter player to north London in the form of a 23-year-old Italian international. Alessandro Bastoni. The young central defender is happy in Milan, but Tottenham hope Inter’s need to sell to fund their summer transfer plans could end up pushing him to a move after he returns from international duty.

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Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti seemed to suggest that this week when he told Sportitalia about the defender: “He is definitely a big fan of the team he plays for, so he will happily stay at Inter. However, he is also a professional. “It’s football and he has to adjust. It’s clear he’s very happy to play for Inter and he feels this jersey like a tattoo on his skin.”

Tottenham’s interest in Bastoni is not just about making a random signing for a talented player. Not only did the center-back work a lot Count but he also formed a strong partnership on the left of the pitch with Perisic, which began during their title-winning 2020/21 season under the now Spurs boss and continued into the following campaign.

Bastoni can play in either the center of back three or on the left-hand side and when Conte converted Perisic into being a quarterback the two players realized.

Bastoni certainly enjoyed their time together and last season told the Italian media: “The understanding that Ivan and I are creating this year is great, we have a lot of fun.”

After the super-fit Perisic scored two goals in the extra time of the Coppa Italia final against Juventus and then again impressed only days later in Serie A against Cagliari, the young central defender said the Croatian is a different race of footballer to most. and someone he looks to as an example.

“Even in training he’s always strong, at dinner I asked him what he ate, because I would have eaten the same thing too, but that was bread, turkey and avocado, a deadly thing!” he recounted DAZN. “Ivan is a great professional to take as an example. He played 120 minutes in the Italian Cup and today he was better than Wednesday.”

The Bastoni-Perisic partnership has won praise from the Italian media in recent seasons, not least in Jose Mourinho’s 3-0 away win over Roma in December last year. Perisic was a constant life winger on the left, while behind him Bastoni not only helped keep a clean sheet but pushed up the pitch behind the Croatian and provided good help for Denzel Dumfries to score.

After that game the duo were named as the featured players by Milan-based newspaper Libero. As details of Always InterPerisic was praised for his tireless running, willingness to overtake his opposing number on the left and his positional sense to hold down the left flank.

Bastoni was credited with his ability in possession, helping Inter dominate the ball against their neighbors and he was praised by the newspaper for his aggressive positioning, with the defender rewarded for his expeditions forward with excellent help for Inter’s third goal when he drove up. as a left-back and floated a perfect curving left cross into the box for right-back Dumfries to hit home with a diving header.

It was a move between the two sides that Conte would be proud of if he were still in charge. The 52-year-old is now at the helm of Tottenham and wants to restore that partnership left in north London.

The acquaintance of the two players with each other would certainly help their adaptation to the Premier League. In Bastoni, Spurs sees a possible heir to Jan Vertonghen with his educated left foot and ability to step out of defense with the ball, while also being strong physically. Vertonghen also used to have good relations on the pitch with the left-back attackers at Tottenham, such as Gareth Bale and later Son Heung-min.

When Perisic announced his move to Tottenham last week, Bastoni responded on Instagram with the simple message “Lucky brother”, accompanied by a heartbeat. The decision now remains in the hands of the young defender whether a reunion with Perisic and Conte can take place and he will follow his Croatian brother to the Premier League this summer.

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