Manchester City join Manchester United, PSG and Atletico Madrid in the race for Sandro Tonali, according to Brescia president Massimo Cellino… as he claims star is worth €300m!
Brescia star Sandro Tonali is attracting interest from a host of leading European clubs but the Italian club’s president Massimo Cellino claims he is worth £260million.
Manchester City have joined Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid in the chase for the 19-year-old, according to Cellino, who insist Tonali would be better off staying put.
United dispatched scouts to watch Italy international Tonali in Brescia’s Serie A match against Juventus at the end of last month.
Sandro Tonali (right) celebrates his goal in Brescia’s match with Genoa on Saturday night
The 19-year-old midfielder has been attracting attention from Europe’s leading clubs
The teenager, who is drawing comparisons with Italian great Andrea Pirlo, who also started out at Brescia, is enjoying his first season in the top flight having won promotion with the Lombardy club last season.
Cellino told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport: ‘All the big Italian clubs, and abroad Atletico Madrid, PSG and Manchester City. But in my view, he’d be better off remaining with Brescia.
‘The other day, his agent and his parents were telling me about this €50m evaluation. I replied that for me he is worth €300m, which means I don’t want to sell.
‘I have a dream. If Sandro accepts, I am ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract.
Brescia president Massimo Cellino, seen here at Mario Balotelli’s unveiling, values Tonali at €300million and is desperate for him to stay with the club
Tonali won his first international cap for Italy in their recent qualifier with Liechtenstein
‘It’s up to him to decide. He can stay here and enjoy his football, or go to a big club and risk being left on the bench.’
With Tonali clearly catching the eye of some of the continent’s elite clubs, Cellino was prepared to wax lyrical about his talents.
‘His talent is clear for all to see, but the truly special thing about Sandro is his smile,’ he said. ‘He loves to play football and the rest is of no real interest to him.
‘There is always the risk with young players that sudden fame can create problems, but he is doing so well. I believe he can become even better, as I’ve never had such a good player in my squad.
‘Tonali sacrifices himself so much for the team with his defensive work, but if he were to move to a more advanced role, he’d score more goals. You see, he’s got a great shot.’
He was on target on Saturday but Brescia lost 3-1 at Genoa.