Sandro Tonali (photo) is considered by many observers of Italian football as the future pivot of the Squadra Azzurra. However, the 19-year-old "Mini Pirlo" is still under contract with his training club Brescia Calcio, with whom he is currently completing the first Serie A season of his young career.
That it gives the midfielder but much interest from clubs with sonorous names, should not surprise. Again and again, renowned clubs have been traded in recent weeks and months, including Borussia Dortmund also a Bundesliga club. Brescia President Massimo Cellino took to the rumors now in the "Gazzetta dello Sport" position, but did not name the BVB. "In Italy, all the big clubs wanted him. From abroad, Atletico Madrid, PSG and Manchester City have put pressure. But I think it would be better if he stays to be a leader at Brescia. "
"I'm ready to make a big financial sacrifice for him"
Therefore he would like to keep the until 2021 (plus one year option) tied national player longer term. "I have a dream. If Sandro agrees to stay, I'm ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract. The decision is up to him. He knows that he can continue to enjoy himself here, but when leaving for a big club he risks not to play ", said the eccentric Cellino.
Should Tonali, with a market value of 30 million euros among the 10 most valuable U20 players worldwide, decide in the coming transfer phases but for an exit, the prospective buyers are expected to tough negotiations. Asked for a realistic price for his top talent, Cellino waited with the following anecdote: "His advisor and his parents asked me if we see his price at 50 million euros. I answered that he is worth 300 million for me. That means I do not want to sell it. I've never had a player as strong as him. "
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