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Reported Liverpool target Alessandro Bastoni is facing an uncertain future with a perilous financial situation at Inter Milan threatening the renewal of his contract, the defender’s agent told FC Inter News. 

Just two weeks after claiming the Scudetto after 11 rather depressing years at the San Siro, the hard times are returning. Glory, it seems, was merely fleeting. 

Inter’s Chinese owners are under serious pressure to raise funds to offset a worrying financial situation exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. Player sales, then, may be unavoidable with Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez and potentially even title-winning coach Antonio Conte at risk of being sacrificed. 

Bastoni, the commanding, ball-playing centre-half, is one of Inter’s most valuable assets – and therefore one of their most sellable. 

Gazzetta dello Sport in March claimed that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich would have no qualms about paying the £43 million fee required for the Italian international. 

Two months ago, the prospect of Inter selling arguably Serie A’s finest young centre-back seemed laughable. Not so now. 

“Another surprise… for four months we have had an agreement (on a new deal). There was a promise to bring the salary to a fair level and the agreement was there in February, complete with confirmation emails exchanged,” Bastoni’s agent, Tullio Tinti, explained. 

“The only thing missing was for the president to return from China to formalize everything. It was communicated that the renewal has not been skipped, but that we have to wait for this loan that the company is negotiating to be signed.  

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“Honestly, these are things that have never happened to me (before). 

“Bastoni is an Interista. Bastoni is happy to stay at Inter, but things need to be done in a normal way, like at all other clubs.  

“The moment is difficult and we know it, but this behaviour is not good. If I had done such a thing, and had pulled back before the signing (of the contract), when everything was in place, Inter would have made an incredible mess.” 

Bastoni’s current deal expires in 2023. 

The former Sampdoria starlet turned down a move to Arsenal a year ago but, if there is the smallest sniff of an opportunity, expect the Gunners to make their interest known again 12 months on. 

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