Newcastle United have signed Sandro Tonali from AC Milan, much to the surprise of the Serie A giants.
The Magpies officially confirmed the deal on Monday, more than a week after rumours surfaced that an agreement had been reached.
The transfer was delayed due to Tonali’s involvement in the Under-21 European Championship, but now the move is complete. We await a proper unveiling, as the 23-year-old is yet to arrive at St James’ Park and wear the club shirt for the first time.
That is still to come, but the formalities are complete. Tonali is a Toon player, and he has received welcome messages from Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman.
He is an ambitious signing, and a great example of how far the club has come since the change of ownership. From relegation fodder to Champions League football. From not being able to afford Hamza Choudhury to snapping up one of AC Milan’s best players.
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Newcastle were surprised they were able to secure his services, and so were AC Milan.
AC Milan surprised Sandro Tonali wanted to join Newcastle
According to the Athletic, the Italian club were slightly surprised when it transpired that Tonali was actually interested in a move to Newcastle. They state that he was genuinely enthused about playing in the Premier League and taking part in the exciting project at Newcastle.
That just shows how much pull we suddenly have. Tonali grew up as a fan of AC Milan, and had previously spoke about wanting to stay at the San Siro.
But the bright lights of the Premier League and Newcastle came calling, which in turn brought a huge increase in wages. The Magpies are reportedly paying him double what he was getting at AC Milan.
When rumours of the interest first emerged, it was stated that the decision was down to Tonali and that AC would only sell if the player wanted to go.
That was the case, and he is now going to be playing alongside Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak at St James’ Park.
AC Milan must be sick of the sight of Newcastle United. Last summer we beat them in the race to sign Botman, and this summer we have taken one of their best players Sandro Tonali.