AC Milan make final decision on Tonali

Rumors have emerged that AC Milan may not sign Sando Tonali on a permanent transfer but that’s is not the case.

Last summer AC Milan pipped Inter for the services of Italian prodigy Sandro Tonali. The 21-year-old defensive midfielder established himself with Brescia as of the best youngsters in Italy after being named Serie B’s best player, followed by a fine debut season in Serie A.

Tonali is currently on loan at the Rossoneri. AC Milan agreed to pay €10 million immediately for the loan, €15 million when the transfer is made permanent and a further €10 million in bonuses. A total transfer fee of 35 million. Nevertheless, rumors emerged recently that Milan would not be signing Tonali permanently.

AC Milan technical director met with president Massimo Cellino yesterday to discuss the situation of Tonali. The Rossoneri have no doubts. The management is fully convinced that Sando will be a future star and will sign him on a permanent deal this summer.

Instead the topic of the meeting between Maldini and Cellino was to discuss a change in the payment conditions. The Rossoneri would like to spread the remaining fee of €25 million in more than two years. Due to the recent economic difficulties from Covid, and lack of stadium revenues, the management hopes to find an agreement with Brescia. That would also allow the Rossoneri to spend more in other signings this summer.

In his first season at the San Siro the Italian talent made 37 appearances. Tonali was unable to take either Kessie or Bennacer’s place but he remains one of the most highly rated young midfielders in Europe. Milan are convinced that he will have a similar path with Bennacer who, after a difficult start, managed to impose himself in the second season.

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