Manchester United, Manchester City in the battle for Alessandro Bastoni?

Manchester United and Manchester City are preparing to compete for the signing of Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan, according to a report.

Manchester United and Manchester City would be ready to compete for the signature of InterMilan central defender Alessandro Bastoni.

The 23-year-old, who originally arrived at San Siro as a teenager from Atalanta BC in 2017, has become an integral part of the Nerazzurri defense over the past two years.

Bastoni made 33 Serie A appearances in the 2020-21 season under Antonio Conte as Inter got their hands on the Scudetto, and he contributed one goal and three assists in 31 league appearances last season.

Speculation was rife around the Italy international’s future this summer, as he was strongly tipped to reunite with former Inter boss Antonio Conte in Tottenham Hotspur.

Bastoni’s Agent Tullio Tinti however, ruled out any departure by his client before the 2022-23 season, telling reporters: “Bastoni will definitely stay at Inter.

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“He has a contract with Inter, he is happy to play at Inter and there is no problem I respect the contracts. If they call me, there is no problem.”

The 6ft 3in centre-back is currently set to become a free agent in 2024, so Inter could be forced to sell next year if he doesn’t agree to new terms.

According Gazzetta dello SportMan United and Man City are preparing to test Inter’s resolve in 2023, while Tottenham are still in the background as well.

The report adds that interested parties can expect to be quoted up to £50million for Bastoni, despite the fact that his current deal runs out in less than two years.

Bastoni has registered three goals and nine assists in 126 appearances for Simone Inzaghi‘s in all tournaments for the past five years, during which time he has also been loaned out to Atalanta and Parma.

Alessandro Bastoni in action for Italy in June 2022© Reuters

Meanwhile, the defender has won Serie A, Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with Inter Milan, while being part of Italy’s Euro 2020 winning squad.

Bastoni wasn’t the only Inter centre-back to be linked with a move out this summer, as a future free agent Milan Skriniar was courted by Paris Saint-Germain, but Inter’s asking price put off the Ligue 1 champions.

Man United and Man City have both bolstered their centre-back ranks in the summer window, with the Red Devils managing to beat Arsenal to the signing of Lisandro Martinez of Ajax.

The Argentina international initially struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League but has since been demoted Harry Maguire on the bench after establishing an effective partnership with Raphael Varane.

Meanwhile, City have reached an agreement to Manuel Akanji during Aymeric Laportewas laid off with a knee injury, and the Swiss international has already started three games for the Premier League champions.

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