Antonio Conte will be looking to rebuild a vital partnership with his title-winning Inter Milan within his new form Tottenham squad for the coming campaign.
At Conte’s directive, Spurs have already signed Ivan Perisic With the 33-year-old arriving last week at Hotspur Way, before the summer transfer window opens. The Croatian international, who has won the Champions League, two Bundesliga titles, Serie A as well as domestic cups with four different clubs, is set to compete with 21-year-old Ryan Sessegon to give Conte a mix. of experience and youth on that edge. If needed, both the players can play on the pitch even further.
With Perisic’s signature secured, Conte and spursFootball’s managing director Fabio Paratici wants to bring another Inter player in the shape of the 23-year-old Italy international to north London alessandro bastoni, The young centre-back is happy at Milan, but Tottenham are hoping Inter’s need to sell to finance their summer transfer plans could push him a step closer after finally returning from international duty.
Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti hinted this week when he told the defender’s Sportitalia: “He is definitely a big fan of the team he plays for, so he will happily stay at Inter. However, he is a professional.” It’s football and he has to adjust. It’s clear he’s very happy playing for Inter and feels like a tattoo of this jersey on his skin.”
Tottenham’s interest in Bastoni is not just about making a random signing for a talented player. Not only has the centre-back worked extensively conte But he also formed a strong partnership on the left side of the pitch with Perisic, starting during their title-winning 2020/21 season under the now Spurs boss and continuing into the following campaign.
Bastoni is able to play either in the center of the back three or on the left and both players made sense when Conte converted Perisic to wing-back.
Bastoni certainly enjoyed their time together and last season told Italian media: “The understanding that Ivan and I are creating this year is great, we’ve had a lot of fun.”
After watching the super-fit Perisic score two goals in extra time in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus and then impress again a few days later against Cagliari in Serie A, the young centre-back called the Croatian footballer a different breed of footballer. Is. And someone he sees as an example.
“Even in training he is always strong, at dinner I asked him what he ate because I would eat the same thing, but it was bread, turkey and avocado, a deadly thing!” They told 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 earned praise from the Italian media in recent seasons, not least in Jose Mourinho’s 3-0 win against Roma in December last year. Perisic was a constant livewire to the left, while behind him Bastoni not only helped keep a clean sheet but pushed the pitch behind the Croatian and provided a fine assist to score Denzel Dumfries.
The two were named as standout players by the Milan-based newspaper Libero after that game. as detailed Semper InterPerisic was praised for his tireless running, willingness to bypass his opposite numbers on the left, and his positional sense to hold the left flank.
Bastoni was credited with the skill in his possession, which helped Inter to dominate the ball against their neighbors and was praised by the newspaper for his offensive position, with excellent assist for Inter’s third goal to the defender. Was rewarded for leading along as he went upstairs to thud home with a diving header like a left-back to right wing-back Dumfries and a right-curling left-footed cross floats into the box. Is.
It was a move between the two sides that Conte would have been proud of if he were still in charge. The 52-year-old is now at the helm of Tottenham and is keen to restore that partnership to the left in north London.
The familiarity of both the players to each other will certainly help in their adaptation in the Premier League. In Bastoni, Spurs see a potential Jan Vertonghen successor with his cultured left foot and ability to step out of defense with the ball, while also being physically stronger. Vertonghen used to have good on-pitch relations with Tottenham left-wing attackers such as Gareth Bale and later Son Heung-min.
When Perisic announced his move to Tottenham last week, Bastoni responded with a heart emoji with the simple message “Good luck brother” on Instagram. The decision is now 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.