Manchester City are very keen on signing Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni, but the 23-year-old’s priority is to remain at the Nerazzurri and extend his contract.
This according to Italian news outlet FCInterNews, who report that the Premier League giants could be the likeliest team to swoop in and sign the Nerazzurri defender, ahead of the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but that his priority would be to remain at Inter.
As things stand, Bastoni’s contract with Inter runs out at the end of June 2024.
The Nerazzurri have made finding an agreement with the 23-year-old on a new deal, as they do not want to let him head into the final season of his contract without an extension in place and risk losing him on a free transfer as they are set to with Milan Skriniar.
Accordingly, Inter would be ready to sell Bastoni for a fee during the summer transfer window if they do not have a new deal agreed.
However, the talks with the former Atalanta and Parma defender and his representatives are ongoing.
Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti has made clear that the player’s priority is to stay and agree a new contract even though there is a lot of transfer interest in him.
Furthermore, the agent issued an update wherein he made clear that he will not push for the 23-year-old to leave on a free transfer, although an effort must be made by Inter to find an agreement on a new deal.
Should the contract extension talks between Inter and Bastoni stall, there would be no shortage of clubs interested in his signature.
The 23-year-old has also been reported to be a target for Tottenham Hotspur, although it remains to be seen whether the departure of former Inter coach Antonio Conte from the North London team would change this.
In any event, FCIN report that it would be Manchester City who would be likelier to tempt Bastoni away from Inter than either of PSG or Juventus.
Whilst they reiterate the player’s agent’s statement that his aim is to stay and agree a new deal, the Italian outlet suggest that the interest of City in the background would be the one thing that could change the player’s thinking.