Journalist praises Tonali for salary cutting gesture amid the ‘senseless world’ of football

By Akhil Prasad -

Sandro Tonali has been praised for his good-will ‘gesture’ to make sure that he stays at his boyhood club AC Milan by well-known journalist Fabrizio Biasin.

Tonali is set to finally be announced as a permanent transfer by Milan, after lengthy negotiations with Brescia. In September 2020, he joined the Rossoneri on a season-long loan deal for €10 million with an option to buy for €15m.

In addition to the €10m loan fee paid last year, the Rossoneri will pay €7m in cash to Brescia for his permanent transfer, as per MilanNews and other sources. In order to facilitate his transfer, the Italy U21 international accepted a pay cut by about half a million euros per year – something that has turned heads in a summer where Donnarumma and Calhanoglu left for the money.

Renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Biasin, in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb (via MilanLive), said: Tonali has accepted the cut imposed by Milan and renounces a salary of 400-500,000.

“Many say ‘he had no alternative’ and maybe that’s true. But in a senseless world like that of football, where, rather than losing a euro, you turn to the courts, this thing deserves at least a report.”

Tonali, who has been a lifelong Milan fan and largely likened to the legendary Andrea Pirlo – both in terms of appearance and playing style – has proved to be highly determined to stay put with the Rossoneri.

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  1. Absolutely HILARIOUS! Player has to take a pay cut, tiny little Brescia get nickel and dimed as low as they can possibly go. And then you have the TRUE legendary Clubs like Madrid/Chelsea being asked to loan out their young stars with absurdly low buy backs. This is how poor little Milan does business these days, like a hedge fund and not a legendary 7 time Continental Champion football club. And the journo’s carry their water because Elliot hands out stories easier than other ownership groups so the journalist’s only care about staying on their good side. In turn the Milanisti blindly follow the coverage and repeat all the Elliot talking points about “VALUE” and “limited finances”. All of them somehow forgetting Milan has one of the largest financial markets in all of world football. On fan interest/merch sales alone Milan is one of the highest earning in the world. Add to that a massive stadium and social media following, it’s LAUGHABLE that fans have bought into this “we need to be cheap” CRAP! Educate yourselves and hold ownership ACCOUNTABLE.

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