Manchester City have been dealt a huge blow to their chances of securing a deal for reported target Alessandro Bastoni this summer.

What’s the news?

Journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently shared a post on his official Twitter page relaying comments from the defender’s agent.

He said: “Bastoni will stay at Inter for sure. He has a contract and he’s happy with Inter – there’s no problem.”

Inter signed the defender back in the 2017 summer transfer window from fellow Italian club Atalanta, only to then loan him back to his previous side for the following year.

The centre-back then spent another loan spell away from his current side with Parma before returning to Inter during the 2019 summer window.

Overall, the 23-year-old has made a total of 118 appearances for his current club across all competitions, chipping in with three goals and delivering eight assists along the way.

Bad news for City

With 31 Serie A appearances under his belt this season, Bastoni won more tackles (35) than any other defender at Inter as well as finishing in the top five in terms of the number of blocks (40), interceptions (38) and clearances he made (71).

This all highlights how much of a capable defender he is and what he could offer Pep Guardiola’s side.

With Milan Skriniar (1987) being the only defender at Inter that completed more league passes than the Italian (1601) this season, it shows why City were reportedly after him given how three of the Premier League’s top 10 passers in this latest campaign are City defenders.

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Now that Bastoni’s agent has all but confirmed that his client will stay at Inter this summer and is currently happy where he is, this will undoubtedly be bad news for City and crush whatever hopes they had of potentially securing a deal for him.

However, with Guardiola having the likes of John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias in his squad, who all helped City end their latest Premier League campaign with the joint-best defensive record in the division, this could take some of the sting away from potentially missing out on signing the Inter defender.

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