Quickly becoming one of the most sought after young midfielders in the world, Sandro Tonali has a lot of suitors.
At 20 years of age, the Brescia midfielder is already worth €50m (at least according to his club’s owner Massimo Cellino), meaning the list of interested clubs is rather prestigious, with teams such as Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus all queuing up to acquire his services.
The issue for most of those lurking, however, is the fact Tonali wants to stay in Italy for the foreseeable future, clearly determined to continue his development in a familiar environment before trying his hand at something more adventurous.
That’s all well and good, but it’s also causing Cellino a few problems, because it means he likely won’t get as much money as he wants.
Gazzetta dello Sport explain the Brescia owner has ‘held contacts’ with Manchester City, Barcelona and even Paris Saint-Germain over the past few months, only to be told by Tonali those moves weren’t for him at this time.
So far, however, they only see him as being worth €35m + €5m in bonuses, ‘nothing more’, and the Serie A champions were even thinking about a two year loan with a compulsory view to buy.
All this certainly isn’t the greatest of news for Manchester City, who were clearly keen on gifting the 20-year-old to Pep Guardiola.
Maybe in a few years when he’s done with Serie A?