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Man Utd could go as high as €153k-a-week to sign Alessandro Bastoni

Manchester United could pay around €153,000-a-week if they manage to sign Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni this summer, Inter Live report.

The Red Devils currently have Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez as the regular centre-backs with Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire providing back-up.

Luke Shaw has also played regularly from the left centre-back role this year, but manager Erik ten Hag may still have plans of reinforcing the department.

Maguire has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for a while. His departure this summer cold pave the way for the signing of a young replacement.

According to Inter Live, Bastoni could be a realistic option for the Red Devils if his contract stand-off with Inter continues until the summer transfer window.

The centre-back currently earns an annual salary of €2.7 million (€4m with add-ons) and it is claimed that Inter are ready to offer €4.5m plus bonuses for a renewal.

However, his agent is holding out for €6m. If there is no resolution, the report claims that Inter face a ‘concrete threat’ from United for the Italy international.

The Red Devils could be willing to pay as much as €8m per year which equates to €153,000 weekly.

Bastoni would provide quality competition for Martinez

The 23-year-old is a left-footed centre-back by trade. Shaw has provided good cover for Martinez this season but Ten Hag may want a natural replacement for the Argentine.

Bastoni would be an ideal acquisition with his good defensive attributes. This season, the Italian has won an impressive four duels per game while registering nearly two tackles.

He has also completed 86 per cent of his passes while creating five big chances. In our view, Bastoni could be used in regular rotation with Martinez if he were to join the club.

The centre-back is currently valued at €55m by Transfermarkt but could be prised away for a knockdown fee if Inter can’t convince him to renew his deal expiring next summer.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and Sofascore.com

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