Inter abandoned negotiations for Brescia starlet Sandro Tonali during the closing stages, giving AC Milan the chance to swoop in and secure the player’s signature, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Milano based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
The report details how the Nerazzurri reached an agreement with the 20-year-old Italian midfielder back in April but failed to close out the deal with Brescia, instead hesitating and eventually moving away to focus on other, more experienced targets.
The Rossoneri took the opportunity and jumped in to beat out their rivals for the player, offering a loan deal with an upfront payment of €10 million and a €25 million buy option, with €3 million in add-ons.
The agreement should satisfy president Massimo Cellino and a deal could be finalised over the next few days, the report continues.
Other young players in the squad give Tonali confidence that he would find regular playing time and be given the chance to shine, rather than spending large parts of the season benched, which could happen at Inter under coach Antonio Conte.