Inter Milan have reportedly completed the capture of promising defender Alessandro Bastoni from Serie A rivals Atalanta.
Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his own website that I Nerazzurri had agreed to sign the 18-year-old for a fee thought to be in the region of £9m.
Bastoni will, however, remain on loan at Atalanta for the next two seasons to continue his football development as part of their first-team set up, before heading to San Siro for the beginning of the 2019/2020 campaign.
Inter will pay additional fees based on a number of contractual obligations written into Bastoni’s contract upon his arrival in Milan, which could end up taking the overall transfer outlay over the £10m mark.
Bastoni has made just four senior appearances for Atlanta since his promotion to the senior squad at the beginning of the year – three of which came in the Italian top flight and one which came in the Italian Cup.
The centre-back, who is also adept at featuring at left full-back, was an unused substitute for the club’s 1-0 defeat to Roma on the opening day of the season last Sunday, but Inter have presumably already seen enough to take a punt on the talented La Dea player.
Suning is definitely thinking about the future of Inter in this transferwindow:
Jens Odgaard: 18
Nicolo Zaniolo: 18
Alessandro Bastoni: 18 pic.twitter.com/zyVyrgPs7O
— Interisti Olanda (@intermilano_nl) August 23, 2017
Bastoni has risen through the youth ranks at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, and starred for the club’s Under-17 and Under-19 teams before he was called up to the first team squad by manager Gian Pieri Gasperini.
His senior bow came in a 3-0 Coppa Italia triumph over Pescara in November 2016 – a match he played the full minutes in – before his second start came in the 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on 22nd January.
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Further run outs were obtained against Inter and Udinese in Serie A and, despite being part of the side that was thumped 7-1 by his new parent club in March, the sleeping giants saw enough from his 34-minute sub appearance to make a summer move for him.