Milan appear to be genuinely trying for Sandro Tonali and have stepped up their offer yesterday, the deal remains hard.
The Rossoneri are working in the mercato and are now focusing on getting Stefano Pioli reinforcements for the midfield and attack: with the profiles of Tiémoué Bakayoko and Brahim Díaz finding appreciation at the Milan management.
Over the last days, the name of Sandro Tonali got back in fashion for the Diavolo, and according to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, Milan have taken a step forward to try and bring the 20-year-old.
The first offer to take Tonali was rejected but Di Marzio stated last night that Milan have made an improved offer for the player. As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Alessandra Gozzini, the new offer of Milan involves more money than the offer made by Inter in the past.
In fact, La Gazzetta reports that while the Nerazzurri’s offer is a loan with obligation to buy for €35 million, Maldini is offering Brescia President Massimo Cellino a paid loan for €10m + a buy-out option for €25 million + €3m bonuses. On top of that, Milan are willing to guarantee Cellino 15% of a future resale of Tonali, who is regarded as one of the best young talents in Italy.
Tonali is the kind of profile that Elliott want at Milan – young and quality – and from the Rossoneri management, Gozzini writes, it filters that the negotiations would be very difficult, but not impossible. Getting the midfielder would be a significant investment from the American ownership.
The 2019-20 season was Tonali’s first in Serie A. He played 35 games, scoring one goal and making 7 assists. Milan continue to work on several fronts in the mercato.