LittleCruyff: “Is Bastoni reluctant to leave Inter and join us?”
Alasdair says: “There’s two sides to this one in that Alessandro Bastoni is understood to be keen to play under Antonio Conte again at some point, but he is happy at the moment at Inter Milan and it’s worth remembering that he only just turned 23 last month so he’s young in terms of his career and uprooting from Italy For someone like Romero, he had already uprooted from his homeland.
“Spurs’ hope is that Bastoni can bring added quality to the left side of Tottenham’s back three to complement Romero’s strength and quality on the other side. They see him as a potential heir to Jan Vertonghen with a similar skilful style to the Belgian in being a ball-playing defender rather than an aggressive one like Romero. That could potentially make his adaptation to the physical nature of the Premier League slightly more gradual than the Argentine’s and perhaps that is a concern the player also holds.
“The key to whether Tottenham can get this deal done may come down to how much Inter need the money and whether they help push Bastoni towards the door, particularly as he has only two years left on his contract. The Serie A club want to sign players this summer, not least Gleison Bremer from Torino for around £ 21m, and if they decide that selling Bastoni for more than £ 51m can fund more deals then they may help influence his decision.Things change quickly in the transfer window.
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“It’s a long summer and if Bastoni does dig his heels in and decides it’s not the right moment for a move then Spurs will turn to their other targets. I reported the other day that Tottenham really like Josko Gvardiol, although there will be competition for “his signature and there are suggestions he would like to stay at RB Leipzig for another season. Signing the best players is not easy but Paratici and Conte will have their lists of targets.”
Bash04: “What’s your confidence levels on Bastoni happening? As we know that Inter may financially want him to leave but does Bastoni want to?”
Alasdair says: “I think a lot of it will come down to Inter Milan and the part they play in whether they want a deal to happen. If they do then that could shape Bastoni’s thinking and Conte will no doubt have his say in some form. When it’s “This early in the window, it’s difficult to say about confidence levels in doing the deal. Spurs could circle back to this situation because, as I said below, things change so quickly in the transfer market.”
GregRosenvinge: “Who looks to be on the way out for raising funds?”
Alasdair says: “I think Harry Winks and Steven Bergwijn will both want to move on for regular football, particularly with the World Cup this year. Joe Rodon also needs regular football and whether that comes from a loan move or a permanent deal we’ll find out.
“Japhet Tanganga and the club will decide on the England U21 defender’s next steps later in the summer after a pre-season under Conte. I think the club will also listen to offers for Sergio Reguilon and Emerson Royal and perhaps Davinson Sanchez, but the Colombian proved to be a good squad player for Conte this season, who believes that if he can improve his concentration across a whole match then he could be a top defender.
“Of course there are also the loan players in Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Cameron Carter-Vickers, who the club will look to move on permanently with Celtic likely to use their option to move for the latter. For Bryan Gil, another loan move looks likely unless he somehow returns to pre-season with the physique of Adama Traore. “
Ghostofbale: “Do you see the Spurs going after James Ward-Prowse?”
Alasdair says: “Spurs are looking at homegrown players as well, particularly if Harry Winks does follow Dele Alli out of the door. Fraser Forster coming into the goalkeeping department will help that in one respect. In terms of James Ward-Prowse, he’s someone Spurs have liked for a long time and I understand they came close to agreeing a deal for him a few years back but did not pull the trigger. Now he’s worth almost four times its value from back then. You’re looking at around £ 45m and I ‘ “Not sure whether Spurs spend that sort of money in that central position when other areas are a priority. Admittedly he does bring some qualities that others do not have, not least with those set pieces.”
Deon wilson 93: “After Perisic and Forster are done and left center-back is clearly the next target what will be the next position targeted in your opinion?
Alasdair says: “They’ll keep looking across the squad for improvements and move when they can. Right wing-back, a forward-thinking midfielder and a striker are all on the list plus replacing anyone who might be heading out the door.”
Okan5858: “Will Harry Kane sign a new contract soon? “
Alasdair says: “If Spurs continue to show ambition and back Conte this summer then as I reported last week I understand Kane is open to talks over a new deal after he returns to pre-season. All he wants is to win major trophies with Tottenham and if he believes that can happen, which clearly he did not last summer, then he’s happy to help make it happen. “
gabealfonnso: “Any news on midfield targets? I’ve been hearing about Eriksen, McKennie and James Ward-Prose from other sources.”
Alasdair says: “Spurs have discussed bringing Christian Eriksen back and for someone who is a free agent, has worked with Conte before, knows the club inside out and has looked back to his old self in recent months, he ticks a lot of boxes. For the Dane though, he will have plenty of offers and he may well feel loyalty to Brentford for taking the chance on him after his recovery from his cardiac arrest.
“Weston McKennie is someone Paratici is a big fan of and I reported back in January that he held talks that month with the player’s representatives about a potential summer move. I wouldn’t bet against him following up on that this summer but much depends on how willing Juventus are to let him go after a season in which he was a regular starter before suffering a metatarsal fracture in February which all but ended his campaign until the final match.As for Ward-Prowse, I’ve spoken about him a little bit above. “
RichieTHFC: “When we talk about a warchest of say £ 200m-plus, can we expect two or three signings above £ 50m, like Bastoni, or are we looking at multiple deals with only one or two being above that £ 50m mark? “
Alasdair says: “It will be a mix. Spurs will make some big signings but do not underestimate Paratici’s ability in the free transfer market. We’re already seeing Perisic and Forster and there could well be others. He also likes loan to buy transfers. Spurs need to get the most out of their money this season to really develop a strong squad Conte can challenge with. “
Regbdl: “Are players like Davies, Doherty, Sessegnon, who have been playing very well in the first team, happy to sit on the bench next year with replacements coming in despite their form?”
Alasdair says: “The key for any player is not to see yourself as being replaced and instead fight for your position. None of them started this season as the starting players in their position and all of them ended up being them. Conte wants competition and a strong bench .It’s down to the players who is on it. “
FindingMido: “Are there any updates on the report in January that Spurs spoke to Lingard’s camp about a move in the summer?”
Alasdair says: “Yep I reported that back in January that Spurs spoke to Jesse Lingard’s representatives about a potential free agent summer move. I think the feeling back then was that he preferred a foreign move. You never know what might happen in the weeks ahead but I ‘ d assume Lingard would want to go somewhere where he’s practically guaranteed regular starts. I’m not sure that would happen at Spurs. “
Okan5858: “What’s your opinion on Djed Spence as a player?”
Alasdair says: “I like Spence a lot. He’s only 21 and he’s got plenty of room to develop his game, but he’s good going forward and I’ve seen him defend well on a number of occasions this season. I wonder if the perfect solution would be for Spurs to try to sign him and loan him to Forest for the season, so all three clubs involved get what they want and Spence gets the Premier League experience for a season and is then fully prepared for the step up. “
macro spurs: “You mentioned that Conte will be given the bulk of the £ 150m cash injection plus any funds from players sales, is all of that going strictly towards Conte’s new summer signings? I’m afraid some of it will be going towards paying for Romero and Kulusevski. “
Alasdair says: “Romero certainly needs to be paid for, although that is unlikely to be in one lump sum and instead spread over a few years, while Kulusevski appears to be remaining on a loan deal next season, so that is just another £ 6m loan fee for Juventus. “