After going for Nicolò Barella, Newcastle are attempting to sign a different top Italian midfielder, Sandro Tonali. The Magpies wish to acquire an elite contributor. They are ready to tender €50M for the Rossoneri’s fan favorite, The Athletic reports.
In addition, Chelsea could swoop in as well if the 23-year-old was indeed available for the right price. According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Azzurri staple would more than double his current €2.5M wages if he agreed to the transfer. The front office will await his answer before negotiating with the Premier League sides. They would likely ask to increase the bid.
Per Goal, the entourage of Tonali hasn’t confirmed the rumors concerning Newcastle. He’s part of the U-21 Italy squad that is about to start the European Championship. He’s completely concentrated on the competition. Instead, per Sportitalia, his representatives are in London to talk with the Magpies.
The midfielder joined the Rossoneri on a €5M loan from Brescia in 2020 and was acquired outright for €14.5M a year later. He gave up part of his salary to facilitate a permanent move. Later, he was rewarded for his loyalty and performances with a pay hike and an extension until 2027.
Our Take on Tonali and Newcastle
Nothing wrong with trying, but this would be even more stunning than Barella switching teams. Milan are wealthier and have better finances than Inter and are already thin in the role as is. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll address the chatter directly since he should hold a pre-game presser from Romania later today.
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