Newcastle United are reportedly nearing an agreement to sign 23-year-old AC Milan midfielder, Sandro Tonali, in a deal that could reach €70m (£60m). Despite Chelsea’s interest, Newcastle seems to be the likely destination for the talented Italian.
A Major Boost for Newcastle
Newcastle officials engaged in discussions in Italy on Wednesday and are optimistic about the deal’s success. The only stumbling block might be a last-minute bid from Chelsea, which has also approached Milan about Tonali. Tonali, on the other hand, is most likely on his way to St James’ Park at this point.
A deal for the Italian international would be a major coup for manager Eddie Howe as he prepares to lead Newcastle into the Champions League. Howe has identified midfield strengthening as a critical goal, and Tonali, regarded as one of Italy’s best young talents, is a great fit.
Tonali’s Impressive Rise
Since joining Milan in September 2020 on a season-long loan from Brescia, Tonali has been a revelation. Milan formalised his signing the following summer for €15m plus add-ons, and just a year later, Tonali was instrumental in helping the club clinch the Serie A title. The talented player has already earned 14 caps for Italy.
Tonali, a childhood Milan fan, is expected to eclipse Newcastle’s club-record fee for Alexander Isak, who was signed for an original £59 million the previous summer. Prior to it, Newcastle’s most notable signing in 2019 was Joelinton, who cost £40 million. Newcastle’s record fee, however, is expected to rise dramatically in the future years as a result of the takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Tonali’s Versatile Skills
Eddie Howe was drawn to Tonali’s diverse midfield responsibilities under Stefano Pioli at Milan. Capable of playing multiple midfield positions, Tonali is set to be the captain of the Italian team at this month’s Under-21 European Championship. His skills played a pivotal role in Milan’s victorious Scudetto run, their first in 11 years.
Newcastle’s Ambitious Plans
Newcastle are on a mission to reinforce their squad, with the addition of a wide forward, centre-back, full-back, and two midfielders in their sights. These intentions follow their successful bid for Champions League football next season, their first since 2003. Newcastle are also allegedly interested in Leicester’s James Maddison, subject to a fair deal being negotiated.