AC Milan are about to complete the painful but record-breaking sale of Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United, according to a report.
This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes that Milan and Newcastle have almost closed the deal for Tonali, even though as of last night there were no final agreements on details and the green light from RedBird.
However, it is a downhill path now. Tonali will undergo medical tests today for Newcastle in Romania, where his agents Giuseppe Riso and Marianna Mecacci will be present to iron out the final contractual details.
The sale will mark the turning point of Milan’s summer mercato, as Newcastle will pay a sum close to €70m plus bonuses and Milan will net a percentage of the proceeds from a possible future resale.
It is a fee that will break records, given it will surpass the €67m Milan received for Kaka from Real Madrid which is still their highest ever sale, and it will also be more than the €70m Newcastle paid for Alexander Isak which is their most expensive purchase.
For Tonali a six-year contract worth €8m net per season plus bonuses is ready. Milan hosted the decisive stages of the negotiation yesterday at Palazzo Parigi, a hotel famous for having been the base of Fabio Paratici’s Juve.
Newcastle director Dan Ashworth and scout chief Steve Nickson were present and the Magpies sought to resolve the final details. Tonali’s yes has arrived as has Milan’s go-ahead, so now the Rossoneri have lost a potential future captain but Giorgio Furlani and Geoffrey Moncada have gained €70-80m with which to rebuild the squad.
Thus a June of sensational farewells is completed, which began with the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then continued with the sackings of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara.