There has been a lot of speculation that AC Milan are close to being able to announce Sandro Tonali’s permanent arrival, but no confirmation of the sort has arrived.
Calciomercato.com writes that the operation is ‘a soap opera’ that does not have an end in sight yet and has new chapters every day. The initial assumption was that the deal agreed last summer was a loan with a disguised obligation to buy given the €10m paid for the loan, plus €15m option to buy and €10m in bonuses, but today the story changes completely.
A new indiscretion is revealed, because in the event of failure to sign Tonali permanently by 13 June 2021, Brescia had to return €5m of the €10m paid for the loan and that is exactly the scenario that has materialised.
Essentially, the two teams are no longer bound by the figures and pacts signed last summer and Milan want to discuss the contours of the operation from all points of view, so it will be a slower development than expected. The feeling is that the parties want to reach an agreement, but Brescia have asked for Olzer in the deal and Colombo’s loan as essential conditions.
Milan are not convinced and in any case they would only let Colombo leave after the first week of preseason retreat, which will start on 8 July. The parties are talking and work continues to agree a deal before Wednesday.