The 18-yer-old Bastoni was signed in the summer, but was immediately sent back to Atalanta on a two-year loan deal to continue his development.
While the Italian youth international has been a regular for the Bergamo clubs Primavera side, he has played just 104 minutes for Atalanta this season, with 90 of those minutes coming against Sassuolo before Christmas.
While injuries at the centre back department have left Inter extremely short there, is there not a better option than an 18-year-old who even Atalanta does not feel is ready for regular first team football?
Bastoni might develop into a star, but at the moment he looks like a teenager learning to be a professional. Potentially throwing him into a title race, or even a race for a top four position, might be too much too soon.