According to Corriere dello Sport, the exclusion of Alessandro Bastoni from yesterdays Italian Cup clash, between Napoli and Atalanta, which the Bergamo outfit shockingly won, was a sign of a potential market event.
Evidently – as stated by the Roman newspaper- Gasperini’s decision to preserve him is a gesture to Inter in order to not risk injury while the two clubs re-negotiate the bonuses in the deal before he returns to Inter, 18 months early.
His arrival in Milan straight after the International break would not be a surprise. Giving Spalletti as much time as possible to prepare him for another potential injury crisis.
The young Italian did not get as much playing time as expected this season, which is why Atalanta are happy to let him return earlier and develop in the best way possible. He impressed greatly during the previous Coppa Italia round, against Sassuolo, demonstrating he is ready if called upon at the top level.
Along with Milan Skriniar and Zinho Vanheusden, Inter have found themselves another defensive gem. But will they trust youth over Andrea Ranocchia?