Newcastle United have signed Italian midfielder, Sandro Tonali from AC Milan on a deal running till 2029, becoming first Newcastle signing of the summer.
Tonali helped the Rossoneri reach the semi finals of the UEFA Champions league, being a crucial part of their midfield. He was also instrumental when Milan won the Serie A after a gap of 10 years.
Tonali makes history with Newcastle move
The fee of €70m will surpass the €68 million Real Madrid spent for Brazilian midfielder Kaka in 2009 and make Tonali the most expensive Italian player of all time.
Eddie Howe, Newcastle head coach talked about his latest midfield acquisition “He is an exceptional talent and has the mentality, physicality and technical attributes to be a great fit for us.”
“At 23, Sandro already has important experience as a key player in one of Europe’s top leagues and in the Champions League, as well as playing for his country.”
“But he also has the opportunity and potential to grow and evolve with us, and I’m excited to add him to our squad as we approach the exciting season ahead.”
Tonali’s potential role at the St. James’ park?
The Italian midfielder was regarded as the heir of Andrea Pirlo in Italian football, which is a high praise for any youngster.
Tonali can play both deep and more advanced in the middle of the park, meaning he will relieve the creative burden on Bruno Guimaraes at crucial times during the season.
Known for his exceptional passing ability, vision, and composure on the ball, Tonali has drawn comparisons to Italian midfield maestros of the past. He possesses remarkable technical skills combined with a strong defensive presence, making him a versatile and well-rounded player.
Versatility and athleticism are two of the most crucial factors Eddie Howe is looking for in his summer signings, and Tonali certainly offers both. He will bring another dimension to their midfield.
The midfield orchestrator told the club website “First of all, I want to thank Newcastle United because they are giving me a huge opportunity for my career, I want to repay the trust on the pitch, giving it my all, as I always have. I’m really excited about playing at St. James’ Park, I can’t wait to feel the warmth of the fans.”