Manchester United are back in the race for Tottenham goal Alessandro Bastoni, with Newcastle influenced in the reserve plan of both clubs, while Chelsea star talks about his future – both in the latest Transfer Gossip.
MAN UTD LOCK ONTO STICKS
Manchester United are back in the hunt for Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni along with Tottenham, according to a report.
Both sides are looking to strengthen their defenses ahead of big seasons with different goals. United are looking to return to the Champions League under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Spurs, meanwhile, are back at Europe’s top table and Antonio Conte wants to cement his progress for the next term.
Tottenham had the strongest ties with a move for Bastoni, who was a key figure in Conte’s Inter team, which won Serie A in 2020/21. Previous reports have claimed that Man Utd is also after the 23-year-oldbut their gaze soon turned to Jurrien Timber of Ajax – a key ally of Ten Hag at Ajax.
However, Timber has doubts about his playing time at Old Trafford. Gianluca di Marzio consistently reports that the Red Devils are now firmly back in the hunt for Bastoni.
Neither side has yet made a firm bid for the central defender, and Inter are reportedly demanding between £ 51 million and £ 60 million.
But if both Man Utd and Tottenham fail in their attempts to sign Bastoni, Di Marzio adds that they could hijack the transfer race for Sven Botman of Lille.
The Dutchman is a firm target of AC Milan, but Newcastle still like their chances of catching him.
Tottenham and Manchester United lead Bastoni race
Between Milan have to sell and Bastoni seems to be the player to leave with Manchester United and Tottenham interested in him
Both Bastoni and Botman enjoyed impressive promotions at their respective clubs.
While Bastoni helped Inter win Serie A in 2020/21, Botman led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in the same season.
Botman insisted he wants his future tidy before the start of the pre-season so he can hit the ground running at his new club. However, Bastoni’s situation could last a little longer.
MARCOS ALONSO WORDS
Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has confirmed that he wants to return to Spain amid doubts about his future.
The 31-year-old signed for the Blues in 2016 and has only one year left on his contract. He has endured a mixed time of his Chelsea career under different managers.
Antonio Conte was the coach who signed him and his successor Maurizio Sarri was also a big fan of Spanish. However, Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel had other ideas.
As such, Alonso had links with a move to Barcelona this summer and reportedly held talks on personal conditions at the Camp Nou. Speaking of Wave Zerothe Spaniard confessed that he had a desire to return to his homeland.
“I have already said that I would like to return to Spain, but in the end it is not entirely up to me,” he said.
“It’s clear that the desire to play in Spain ever exists.”
Alonso graduated from Real Madrid but moved to Bolton in 2010, before playing for Sunderland and Fiorentina before moving to Chelsea.
He made 212 appearances for the Blues, scoring 29 goals.
TRANSFER GOSSIP – VILLA GUTO YVES BISSOUMA INTEREST
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma is no longer a summer transfer target for Aston Villa, a report has claimed.
Malia International’s shares rose after its impressive period at Amex Stadium. Liverpool and Arsenal are among the other clubs that have reportedly considered signing him.
But Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard has also made adding a key priority to his midfield. He held a major interest in Bissouma in January.
According to The Athleticshowever, that interest has now waned.
With Boubacar Kamara’s recent move to Marseille’s Villa Park, Gerrard feels the Frenchman can play a holding midfield role.
He therefore does not want to pay over the probability for Bissouma, for whom Brighton will want a maximum fee.
Villa has further interest in Leeds United’s Calvin Phillips, but the report adds that the deal is unlikely this summer.