Massimo Cellino has spoken about the sale of Tonali to Milan, confirming the figures reported in the media.
Only the official announcement is missing: Tonali is virtually a Milan player, arriving from the relegated side Brescia on loan with option to buy.
Sandro is considered one of the best talents in Europe and he will definitely be a part of Milan’s present future midfield.
Massimo Cellino, the President of Brescia, spoke to Top Calcio 24 about the operation (as reported by Milannews.it):
“I have always been pro-Interista, I respect Beppe Marotta and Piero Ausilio, but I no longer see the soul of the old Inter. I had been talking to Marotta constantly, I promised him that I would keep them as Tonali’s first choice because he already wanted him at Juventus. Marotta was very keen on him, I know that Conte appreciated him a lot and I think that Sandro’s agent also had contracts with Inter. He was determined and convinced that he was going to Inter, but then I don’t know… maybe there was no money available, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. All this wasted time has torn the situation apart and brought us to the gates of a new league campaign. As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options. I also have historically a good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with Maldini quite quickly that suited both of us.
“Tonali was a player in great demand also internationally: in January we refused a very important offer from Barcelona, then COVID arrived the world collapsed. Inter were determined to take him, they had already found an agreement with the player but then the time went on. Before the operation with Milan, a few days ago, there was an offer from Manchester United but once Tonali heard from Milan he couldn’t think of anything else. He is a Milan fan and he is in love. I gave him my word that I would let him go where he chooses.
“Milan did an operation at the right time with the right emotionality, with real value. The player will have a great growth in a club that has a great professionalism and an excellent coach. I appreciate Milan because they have given value to money, they have made an important choice, and it is a good investment. Milan does not buy Tonali resell him, they buy Tonali to rebuild. They are doing something that many people say and nobody does, investing in important young people. It’s a brave ten-year policy, not for the season ticket campaign. €10 million loan, €15 million option to buy and €10 million in bonuses? These are correct figures, in January I had an offer of €65 million from Barcelona, no later than ten days ago we received an offer of €10 million more [from Manchester United] but the player was determined to go to Milan.”