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Tonali snubs Barcelona and Man utd for AC Milan


Italian wonderkid Sandro Tonali has turned down the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona to sign for AC Milan this summer, according to Brescia president Massimo Cellino.

Tonali is poised to put pen to paper on a deal with the San Siro club, bringing to an end the Europe-wide pursuit for his services which has seen every elite club in Europe linked.

And now Cellino has admitted that United and Barca had posted serious interest in the 20-year-old, who appeared set for Inter Milan before turning everybody down once their bitter rivals AC made interest known.

‘I know that [Inter CEO] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that [Inter head coach] Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter,’ Cellino told Top Calcio24.

‘As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options.


‘I also have a historically good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with [Milan technical director] Paolo Maldini quite quickly.

‘We also had interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer, because he supports them.’

Huge things are expected of Tonali in his homeland, with the player repeatedly compared against the iconic Andrea Pirlo.

The financial deal for Tonali looks set to be a staggered one, with AC Milan initially paying a sizeable loan fee before committing to purchasing the player thereafter.

Milan’s initial outlay on the loan will cost €10m (£9m) with an option to then buy for a further €15m (£13m) and another €10m in potential add-ons thereafter once a series of clauses are met.

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‘He will be one of the greatest’ – Totti hails Inter & Juventus target Tonali


Francesco Totti reveals he tried to sign Nicolò Barella for Roma and advised them to do anything possible to get Brescia’s Sandro Tonali.


Barella ended up joining Inter from Cagliari last summer in a deal worth €12m for the loan and another €25m to buy outright.

“He was one of my favourites. I tried to bring him to Roma as soon as possible, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get it done,” Totti told TV presenter Paolo Bonolis in an Instagram Live interview.

Although he is no longer working for Roma, but acting as a freelance talent scout, who would Totti like to snap up now?

“I’d do anything to get Tonali. In my view, he’ll become one of the best midfielders in the world. He has everything that a great player should have – technically gifted, good mentality and is always sharp in any situation.”

Brescia are asking for €50m, but Tonali is still admired by Inter, Juventus, Milan, Roma, Napoli, Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG.



Barcelona prepares €60M offer for Inter & Juventus target Tonali

Barcelona are ready to make a significant offer for Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali according to a report from the online edition of Milan based news outlet Corriere della Sera.

The reigning La Liga champions have taken a keen interest in signing the highly rated teen sensation and are ready to offer La Rondinelle €60 million as well as two young players.

The report then goes on to claim that reigning French champions Paris Saint Germain have an even greater offer up their sleeve for the Italian national team midfielder, who is also a target for both Inter and Juventus.

Inter manager Antonio Conte is crazy about the 19-year-old, who has a contract with Brescia until the end of next season, and the report goes on to conclude that if Lautaro Martinez is to depart the club in the coming months, Inter will be able to raise their offer from €40 million to €60 million.