Man Utd in transfer blow as Sandro Tonali prepares to meet Inter Milan on Monday ahead of summer moveAugust 1, 2020
MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly look set to miss out on transfer target Sandro Tonali with the midfielder to sign for Inter Milan.
Brescia's teenage midfielder – dubbed the new Andrea Pirlo in his homeland for both his playing and hairstyle – has caught the eye of a number of major European sides this season.
The Red Devils were just one of those teams interested in landing the talented 20-year-old.
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But Italian publication CorSera write how Antonio Conte's Inter are on the brink of concluding a £31.5million deal.
They even go as far as saying the club are expected to announce the signing on Monday evening.
It will come as a blow to United who had sent scouts to watch the rising star in action throughout the season.
An Old Trafford source told SunSport: "We have known about Tonali for 18 months but our Italian scouts say he has gone to the next level and United need to get involved – he could be a generational talent."
Tonali broke into the Brescia first team in the 2017-18 season and played a pivotal role last season in his side's promotion to Serie A.
And he has continued to shine at a higher level becoming an integral figure this season with 34 Serie A appearances.
The youngster is already a full Italy international having earned three caps last year.
Brescia's club president Massimo Cellino had hoped to keep him at the club but may be forced to concede defeat.
He said: "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.
"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."
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