Sandro Tonali is on his to way to one of the Premier League giants

Newcastle United

Newcastle United are close to an agreement with AC Milan for Sandro Tonali. This is to sign Italy international Sandro Tonali for a fee in the region of €70million.

Subject to finalising negotiations, the Premier League club would be landing their top target. This is to bolster manager Eddie Howe’s midfield.

Newcastle launched an ambitious bid to sign Tonali with an offer of around €50million on Tuesday. But the situation has progressed after face-to-face negotiations today.

Tonali, who also attracted interest from Chelsea. He emerged as a key target early in the window, with Howe seeking two midfielders. This is after the club secured Champions League football next season.

Sandro Tonali to join the big boys for next season onwards

It was The Athletic on Tuesday who broke the story that Eddie Howe wanted Sandro Tonali as his top midfield target and an opening bid of around €70m (approx £43m) had been made.

That opening offer always sounded unrealistic for the 23 year old Italy international who was a key member of the AC Milan team who won Serie A for the first time in 11 years in 2021/22, then last season started all 12 Champions League games as Milan reached the semi-finals.

David Ornstein says that the deal has rapidly progressed today (Wednesday) after face-to-face negotiations have successfully moved things along.

This would be a massive capture for Eddie Howe and Newcastle United and The Athletic report says the deal is expected to match what the club paid for Alexander Isak last summer. That was £59m guaranteed and the possibility of £4m add-ons.

With Serie A winning experience, 18 Champions League appearances these past two seasons. Moreover with 14 caps for Italy.

At 23 he very much fits in with the clear recruitment strategy. However that has seen the overwhelming majority of the cash these past 18 months.

Sandro Tonali will captain Italy at this month’s Under-21 Euros. And they start with a group game against France on Thursday night. Earlier that day Anthony Gordon and England take on the Czech Republic in their opening group match.

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