The defensive department of the Barcelona squad needs quality additions this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Barcelona are monitoring Inter Milan centre-back Alessandro Bastoni.
Inter spent 31.1 million euros to sign the Italy international from Atalanta in the summer of 2017. The 22-year-old has two years left on his current contract which expires in 2023.
The centre-back has featured in 39 matches for Inter this term, providing 4 assists in all competitions.
The 22-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Italy. The Inter Milan centre-back has also represented the Italy at various youth levels before going on to secure 4 senior caps for his country thus far.
The Spanish giants are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 22-year-old as potential transfer target. They have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
Alessandro Bastoni is a very comfortable defender and has qualities which would improve the Barcelona’s backline. Bastoni is a traditional defender. He is solid while defending and holds his position perfectly.
According to the report, “Barcelona are watching Alessandro Bastoni’s situation at Inter Milan. While a deal is locked away for Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, Barca remain in the hunt for another young centre-half. And Bastoni has long been on the Blaugrana radar. Encouraging Barca chiefs is Corriere dello Sport reporting that new contract talks with Bastoni have collapsed. With Inter’s owners Suning in the need to sell this summer, Bastoni is a candidate to be cashed in.”
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Barca have to fork out a huge transfer fee if they are genuinely interested in the Italy international.
The report claims that the Italian side could look to sanction his sale due to a financial crisis.
Alessandro Bastoni ideal fit for Barcelona?
Barcelona could benefit by signing Bastoni as the centre-back is one of the areas of concern for Ronald Koeman.
If Alessandro Bastoni is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Barca.
The 22-year-old is still quite young and he will only get better with experience. He would be a good long term investment for Barcelona.
How strong that interest is and whether Barcelona will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.