Cellino: Tonali has chosen Milan’s ‘beautiful project’ over Barcelona, Inter and Man Utd

By Oliver Fisher -

Brescia president Massimo Cellino has confirmed that Sandro Tonali pushed for a move to AC Milan upon hearing of their interest.

After an intense last few days of negotiations, several major sources reported on Sunday night that Tonali to Milan is now a done deal, with the Rossoneri having found an agreement with both the player and his club.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via PianetaMilan) are reporting that Milan will pay a €10million loan fee for the Brescia sensation, with a €15m option to buy plus €10m in potential bonuses. There, if he signs permanently it will be a €25m deal at least, potentially rising to €35m.

Furthermore, Brescia will receive 10% on a possible future resale of Tonali, but only if he is sold for above €30m – therefore a minimum of €3m.

Brescia’s president Massimo Cellino spoke to TeleLombardia on Wednesday night and gave some interesting background regarding the midfielder.

“I know that Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter,” Cellino told Top Calcio 24 (via MilanNews).

“He was determined and convinced that he was going to Inter, but all this time dragged on and it was practically the start of the new season with still nothing happening.

“As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options. I also have historically a good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with Paolo Maldini quite quickly.

“Milan have a good project. They are buying Tonali to rebuild and not to resell him. The give value to the money, not like those who give €30m in wages to earn season ticket subscriptions. Milan and Maldini’s policy is courageous, to have a base for the next decade.

“The figures reported are correct, but we turned down €65m from Barcelona and United had offered €10m more than Milan.”

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