Man Utd offer rejected by Brescia midfielder despite outbidding Milan

Sandro Tonali has turned down a move to Man Utd with his heart set on AC Milan, according to Brescia president Massimo Cellino.

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Tonali was linked with a €60m move to the Red Devils in March with the 20-year-old ready to leave the club he joined as a youth player in 2012.

Brescia were relegated from Serie A last season, finishing 14 points off safety and their brightest prospect Tonali is now set to leave for Milan.


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“I know that [Inter’s CEO] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter,” Cellino told Top Calcio 24.

“He was determined and convinced that he was going to Inter, but all this time dragged on and it was practically the start of the new season with still nothing happening.

“As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options. I also have a historically good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with [AC Milan’s technical director] Paolo Maldini quite quickly.

“We also had interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer, because he supports them.”

Tonali will now reportedly join Milan on an initial loan for €10m (£9m) with an option to purchase the Italian midfielder for €15m (£13m) with another €10m (£9m) coming in extra payments.

“Those figures are correct,” said Cellino. “But we turned down €65m (£58m) from Barcelona in January and about a dozen days ago Manchester United had offered €10m (£9m) more than Milan.”

 

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