Journalist claims Tonali was ‘one step away’ from Inter – how Conte scuppered the deal

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are enjoying the second season explosion of Sandro Tonali but things could have been incredibly different, a journalist has revealed.

Fabrizio Biasin gave some interesting background on TMW about Tonali’s situation in the summer of 2020 when he ‘was one step away from Inter’. It was a question of finding the right formula to please Brescia president Massimo Cellino and the Nerazzurri would have secured the deal.

What ended up scuppering it was the plans of Antonio Conte who – after losing the Europa League final against Sevilla – got angry with the directors and started demanding more ready-made signings.

A meeting at Villa Bellini was staged, and the parties choose to continue together but Conte wanted more experienced players who were functional to his style, so Aleksandar Kolarov (34 years old at the time) and Arturo Vidal (33 years old at the time) arrived.

The rest is history, as Tonali – now 22 and one of the best talents Italy have – ended up at the team he supported since he was a child. He spent a year getting more up to speed, and the brace on his birthday on Sunday shows just how far he has come since.


Tags AC Milan Sandro Tonali


  1. I do understand if Conte aiming for a more experienced players but Kolarov and Vidal? lmao now that was a joke of century.

    1. Conte only thinks 1 year at the time, and only thinks about what would make him successful in short term. So, since he did accomplish his goal to win a title , it was a good decision for him.
      Bad decision for Inter

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