Steve Nicol has claimed that Chelsea can’t sign Alessandro Bastoni because the Inter Milan defender is ‘going to Tottenham’ this summer, as he told ESPN, informs the HITC.
The Anfield legend added that Chelsea’s lack of transfer activity so far has nothing to do with their new ownership, with the Blues yet to sign anybody this summer, whilst Spurs have brought in three new faces.
Yves Bissouma was the latest player to join Antonio Conte in north London, with Spurs paying £25 million to Brighton for the midfielder’s services.
During the 2021/22 Premier League season, Chelsea finished one place and three points above Tottenham in the table, but could that change next season?
Well, with the business their London rivals are doing, then there is every chance that could happen, as Nicol shared his thoughts on Chelsea and Bastoni.
“Yes, everybody will try to bump the price up (when Chelsea come knocking for their players because of the club’s new ownership),” said Nicol. “But it’s tough to figure out who Chelsea are going to sign.
“The players that seemingly are available seem to be on their way. I am talking about people like Bastoni, who looks like he is going to Spurs.
“I don’t think it’s anything to do with teams trying to be cute because they have new owners. I just don’t think Chelsea have got their house in order as far as targets and spending amounts. There are so many things that aren’t settled at Chelsea.”
Bastoni is one of the top defenders in Serie A, with the 23-year-old winning the title under Conte’s stewardship a couple of seasons ago.
Therefore, with Conte now in Tottenham’s dugout, it isn’t a surprise that he wants to bring the £54 million defender to the capital, with Chelsea also needing centre-backs ahead of the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen this month.
Someone like Bastoni would be a game-changer for both clubs and help elevate them from their current position, which is to close the gap on the top two, but also ensure those behind them don’t close the gap on them.