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Alasdair Gold claims Tottenham have now set sights on 20-cap centre-back who's 'Koulibaly-esque'

Tottenham Hotspur don’t seem to be wasting any time in looking for alternatives to Alessandro Bastoni.

Spurs have been eyeing the Inter Milan star, but this week, his agent said he’d be staying put.

“Bastoni will stay at Inter for sure,” Fabrizio Romano quoted Tullio Tinti as saying.

“He has a contract and he’s happy with Inter – there’s no problem.”

Since then, Tottenham have been linked with a number of other centre-backs.

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On Friday, football.london published an in-depth Alasdair Gold article about Tottenham’s transfer plans.

He named the likes of Josko Gvardiol, Pau Torres, Marc Guehi, Gleison Bremer and Clement Lenglet as targets.

There was also a new name in the mix – Dinamo Kyiv’s Ilya Zabarnyi.

According to Gold, Spurs have been closely watching the 19-year-old and are weighing up a summer move for him.

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Who is reported Tottenham target Ilya Zabarnyi?

Zabarnyi has come through the ranks at Dinamo Kyiv and has also won 20 caps for Ukraine.

He has made 59 appearances for his club and has three trophies to his name.

Zabarnyi won the Ukrainian double – league title and cup – with Dinamo in 2020-21, as well as the Ukrainian Supercup.

The teenager penned a new deal with his club in October last year.

However, it remains unclear what will happen next season for Ukrainian football clubs and the players on their books.

In wake of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which began in February, the Ukrainian Premier League was suspended and then terminated.

Zabarnyi, a right-footer, can play on either side of the defence.

As per Goal.com in 2021, local scout Alex Velikikh compared him to Napoli and Senegal star Kalidou Koulibaly.

Zabarnyi is ‘tall, strong in the air, physically imposing and good reader of the game’.

He dreams of playing alongside his idol Virgil van Dijk, and hopes to emulate the Liverpool star’s game.

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