There has been an abundance of speculation linking AC Milan with a serious summer move for a midfielder, and it has the fanbase dreaming of the possibility.
That man is Sandro Tonali, the 19-year-old rising star of Italian football who currently plies his trade with Brescia, a team who Milan are on good terms with due to the almost 50-year friendship between fans of the two clubs.
Competition however is expected to be fierce, and his price subsequently not cheap. Liverpool and both Manchester clubs have been credited with interest, while Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Real Madrid have too, plus there is a domestic battle against Juventus and Inter to contend with too.
However, there is this feeling above all that a move to Milan would make sense for a number of reasons…
1. Prospects of play
You could argue that a move to Milan would represent a bit of a gamble for the teenager – the sort one might undertake using online real money casinos – but there are also plenty of reasons why it is the most sensible and calculated risk.
Yes there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Rossoneri currently, but no matter who the next head coach and/or sporting director is, they would be delighted to have a generational talent like Tonali to work with – especially if it were Ralf Rangnick.
Tonali would be guaranteed consistent playing time alongside another combative young midfielder in Ismael Bennacer, and the pair could form an incredible duo that dominates games in the middle of the park.
Moreover, that playing time – opportunity he wouldn’t get at the likes of Inter, Juve and clubs abroad – could be huge on sealing a key role in the Italy squad for next year’s European Championships.
2. A matter of heart
Earlier in the month Tonali confirmed that he is still a Milan fan just as he has been since he was young, and once again revealed that he models himself on Rossoneri icon Gennaro Gattuso and not Andrea Pirlo as many outlets keep mistaking.
A move to Milan would give Tonali a chance to actually experience something he has dreamed of as a child; the chance to pull on the Rossoneri shirt and run out at San Siro to the noise of the Curva Sud chanting his name.
The club may not be in the best of positions currently, but there is still the attraction and the huge potential to return to glory. If it doesn’t happen in the first couple of seasons – which it may take given the emphasis on a youth project – then he will be free to move on with the blessings and best wishes of most fans.
In addition to that, there is no doubt Tonali will feel a lot of affection towards Brescia, and there is the likelihood that his current side would not only get a nice chunk of money to reinvest but also possibly a counterpart like Tomasso Pobega or Alessandro Plizzari to help with the future, so he wouldn’t be betraying the Biancazzurri in any way.
3. The chance to be part of something
Whichever course Milan take this summer, whether a full-scale revolution beckons or whether it is a case of fine tuning the engine, Tonali would have an opportunity to come and forge out a key role in this young core of players that could be destined for big things.
Investments have been made over the last few years on the likes of Alessio Romagnoli, Theo Hernandez, Ismael Bennacer, Rafael Leao and Lucas Paqueta among others, in addition to the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma and Davide Calabria who have come through the system – giving a basis from which to work from.
There is a project being built, whether it is the right one or wrong one remains to be seen but until there is a reason to believe otherwise it must be supported. Getting a player like Tonali in would send a signal, and he would be given the time and patience needed to settle and hopefully become part of something special.
You know it makes sense, Sandro.