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Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte wants to add a defensive "pillar"

It's understandable that the Nerazzurri are concerned about the potential of losing Stefan De Vrij for free because his contract with Inter Milan expires soon.
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It's understandable that the Nerazzurri are concerned about the potential of losing Stefan De Vrij for free because his contract with Inter Milan expires at the end of the current campaign.

Antonio Conte, the head coach of Tottenham, wants to build a "pillar" of defense

The 30-year-position old's is now covered by Calcio Mercato, who also names Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as potential bidders for his recruitment. In order to at least prevent the defender from signing a pre-contract with any other club, it is noted that the defender's issue has "not yet been settled" and that Inter Milan is striving to secure a renewal.

The player's agent, Federico Pastorello, is quoted by the site as saying the following, which doesn't help to clarify the situation: "It will probably be his final significant deal and when you're due, you can also decide whether to have a new experience in a new nation, in a new championship. Despite this, he has a deep affinity to Inter, and I do not rule out the possibility that he may opt to stay.


Calcio Mercato lists Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as possible destinations for De Vrij

Following that, Calcio Mercato lists Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as possible destinations for De Vrij, attributing the interest shown by both teams to a request from their management. According to reports, Erik ten Hag is still 'Dutchizing' the Red Devils. Antonio Conte reportedly wants "one of his cornerstones back" in the meantime.

However, there have been no further developments in the negotiations between Manchester United and Tottenham, who appear to be waiting for De Vrij's status with Inter Milan to be resolved before considering moving to sign him as a free agent.

The New Bastoni deal is being worked on by Inter

While negotiating new contracts for Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar, Inter must also take Alessandro Bastoni's status into account. Francesco Acerbi is only on loan from Lazio, and both Skriniar and De Vrij have contracts that expire at the end of this season, so the future of the Nerazzurri defense is totally up in the air.


The New Bastoni deal is being worked on by Inter

In the meanwhile, Bastoni's current contract runs until June 2024, and the club is eager to start working on a deal to prevent the Italy international from running into a similar position. There wouldn't be a shortage of teams interested in signing Bastoni, including Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur. The representative for the former Atalanta defender is reportedly seeking €4.5 million per season plus performance-based bonuses, according to FCInterNews.it. It's not a large deficit to close; Inter would want to keep it at a maximum of €4 million each season plus bonuses.

Only at lower pay would Inter extend Edin Dzeko's contract

According to Italian news source Gazzetta, the Bosnian is now the fourth-highest earning for the Nerazzurri and has a contract offer from Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray that is equal to what he currently makes at Inter.


Only at lower pay would Inter extend Edin Dzeko's contract

Dzeko's current salary on the two-year contract he signed when he joined Roma during the summer transfer window of 2021 is around €5 million net each season. If his contract is renewed, the former Manchester City and Wolfsburg striker could expect to get a wage reduction. Although the Nerazzurri want to keep Dzeko on a longer contract, they also want to cut their payroll costs.

Frenkie Tran
Written by: Frenkie Tran
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