Chelsea, Tottenham handed transfer blow over Italy international

Chelsea and Tottenham target Alessandro Bastoni plans to stay at Inter Milan.

The Italy centre-back, 23, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

The Blues want him to help plug the gap left by Real Madrid newboy Antonio Rudiger. Spurs boss and former Inter gaffer Antonio Conte is also after reinforcements in his backline.

And both English clubs will have been heartened by Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta indicating this week they are ready to sell a defender to help balance their books.

He told Radio Rai: “It’s certainly easier to replace a centre-back than a striker.

“We will probably be forced to sell someone in that position.”

But those hopes appear to have been dashed with an update from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano. He quoted Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti in a tweet.

It said: “Bastoni will stay at Inter next season as we are used to respecting contracts.”

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