TOTTENHAM have received a boost in their pursuit of Alessandro Bastoni – with Inter Milan indicating they are ready to sell a centre-back this summer.
The Serie A giants are closing in on a deal to bring back striker Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, while Argentine forward Paulo Dybala is set to join on a free transfer.
Ex-Manchester United playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan and goalkeeper Andre Onana are also heading to the San Siro on frees.
It means Inter may need to balance the books by offloading a star and chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has suggested that is more likely to be a defender than an attacker.
Italy international Bastoni, 23, is a key target for Spurs, but perhaps more likely to depart is his fellow Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar, 27, who has been linked to Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
Marotta told Italian station Radio Rai: “In my opinion, this is a market where it is harder to replace an attacker than a defender.
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“That will be the area where we will be forced to act.
“We are looking at viable alternatives in case someone were to leave.”
Marotta confirmed Inter are interested in Torino defender Gleison Bremer – who has also been considered by Spurs.
But the expected captures of Lukaku and Dybala appears to have no bearing on the future of Lautaro Martinez, who has been linked to Tottenham.
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Martinez formed a deadly partnership with Lukaku in the 2020-21 season, with the pair netting 49 goals between them.
Inter wants to rekindle that combination with Marotta adding: “Lautaro is an indispensable part for our objectives.”