Liverpool are set for a £ 43million transfer battle with Barcelona and Bayern Munich as the list of defenders widens even more

Liverpool are among the admirers of Inter Milan center-back Alessandro Bastoni, according to reports in Italy.

The sticks has established himself as one of Italy’s most promising defenders since joining Inter from Atalanta in 2017.

He spent the next two seasons on loan, first at Atalanta and then at Parma. But since joining Inter’s senior setup in 2019, he hasn’t looked back.

Bastoni is now a cornerstone of Antonio Conte’s defense at just 21 years old. He has made 24 Serie A appearances so far this season.

The left foot is still under contract until 2023, but Inter will have to push back interest from elsewhere during this period. Several clubs across Europe are following its development.

Among the fighter squad, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, are Liverpool.

Last season’s Premier League champions have been linked with several center-backs in recent months. Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have revealed a lack of depth in this department.

Liverpool responded by signing Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke and Ben Davies on a permanent deal with Preston. However, reports continue to suggest other goals they could pursue this summer.

Now, Newspaper claim Bastoni is on their shortlist. In addition, they are said to be ready to hit the asking price of £ 43million.

However, Liverpool are not the only contenders for the Italian three-time international. Barcelona and Bayern Munich also want to sign him, while Manchester City were credited with interest last year.

With interest from elsewhere, Inter are eager to tie Bastoni to a new contract. However, they are currently in financial difficulty and may have to sell some of their key assets.

This could present an opportunity for Liverpool to take Bastoni, although it appears Inter are doing all they can to avoid this scenario.

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Bastoni isn’t just a name on Liverpool’s radar

Liverpool appear to have a wide range of other candidates to fill the remaining gaps in their defense. Indeed, they have been linked to another defender currently playing in Serie A.

That man is Nikola Milenkovic, who looks likely to leave Fiorentina this summer. His contract expires in 2022, so his current club may need to take advantage of him.

Liverpool are said to be one of the main contenders for his signing. But a recent report suggested Manchester United have the advantage in the race to sign him.

This may prompt them to consider other options, such as Bastoni.

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