There are growing reports that while the centre-back has no intention of leaving San Siro, there is the possibility Inter will bow down to pressure from their former coach Antonio Conte if the offer is too high to resist.
Comments from his agent to Sportitalia this evening do suggest there might be truth to that framing of the transfer story.
“He is certainly a big fan of the team he plays for, so he will happily remain at Inter,” Tullio Tinti told Sportitalia television channel in Italy.
“However, he is also a professional. This is football and he has to adjust. It’s clear he is very happy to play for Inter and feels this jersey like a tattoo on his skin.”
The 23-year-old is expected to start for Italy in tomorrow night’s opening Nations League match against Germany, which will be his 13th senior cap for the Azzurri.
Inter purchased him from Atalanta in 2017 for €31m, although he remained on loan in Bergamo for one season, then had another experience at Parma, finally reaching the Nerazzurri in June 2019.
This season he played 44 competitive matches for the club, scoring one goal and providing three assists.
Bastoni was one of the key figures in the Scudetto victory last season under Conte, who now wants a reunion at Tottenham Hotspur.
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