Cellino says Inter acted ‘in the wrong way’ regarding Tonali and praises Maldini’s professionalism

By Oliver Fisher -

Brescia president Massimo Cellino has accused Inter of acting ‘in the wrong way’ over the summer in their pursuit of Sandro Tonali.

Milan pulled off an impressive coup in the summer transfer window as they secured the signing of Tonali from Brescia on a loan with option to buy deal, with Inter instead choosing to focus their efforts upon Arturo Vidal.

According to multiple sources, the two parties reached an agreement on an initial €10million loan fee with an option to buy set at €15million, plus an extra €10m in potential bonuses. It was also widely reported that Milan stole the Italy international from under the noses of city rivals Inter, something Brescia’s sporting director essentially confirmed earlier today.

Cellino was interviewed by Il Messaggero about the Tonali saga that occurred over the summer, and his words were transcribed by MilanNews.

“Inter acted in the wrong way. Beppe Marotta wanted him and Antonio Conte loves him. The clubs that appeared were rejected precisely because the Nerazzurri were there. But the boy also wanted to know his future,” he said.

“Sandro has been supporting Milan since he was a child. The operation with them made me doubly pleased: I also respected a club that gave value to money. Maldini has the DNA of Milan and has all the conditions to become a great director.

“I would have liked to keep him, but unfortunately the dream was shattered with the relegation and uncertainty transmitted by the pandemic.”

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