CHELSEA and Tottenham have learned their centre-half target Alessandro Bastoni plans to stay at Inter Milan.

The Italy defender, 23, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

Alessandro Bastoni has established himself as a key man for Inter and Italy

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Alessandro Bastoni has established himself as a key man for Inter and ItalyCredit: Getty

The Blues want him to help plug the gap left by Real Madrid newboy Antonio Rudiger.

Spurs boss and former Inter gaffer Antonio Conte is also after reinforcements in his backline.

And both English clubs will have been heartened by Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta indicating this week they are ready to sell a defender to help balance their books.

He told Radio Rai: “It’s certainly easier to replace a centre-back than a striker.

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“We will probably be forced to sell someone in that position.”

But those hopes appear to have been dashed with an update from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

He quoted Bastoni’s agent Tullio Tinti in a tweet.

It said: “Bastoni will stay at Inter next season as we are used to respecting contracts.”

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Tinti also revealed his client is on holiday at the moment.

He added: “We will do the renewal as soon as Inter call us.”

Chelsea are desperate to sign a centre half, having lost Anthony Rudiger on a free to Real Madrid, and Andreas Christensen set to move to Barcelona.

Chelsea are still keen on Sevilla star Jules Kounde after having multiple bids for the centre-back rejected last summer.

Villarreal star Pau Torres is also believed to have caught Chelsea’s eye but Manchester United will battle the West Londoners for the Spaniard.

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