Former Serie A title holder with Milan, Sandro Tonali, now joins Newcastle United.
Newcastle United is thrilled to announce the signing of Sandro Tonali, the esteemed AC Milan and Italy midfielder. The 23-year-old has committed to a five-year deal, marking Eddie Howe’s first acquisition of the summer as the team gears up for the upcoming Champions League tournament.
The transfer fee, reportedly set at £55 million, marks Tonali as the highest-priced Italian footballer ever.
During his tenure at Milan, Tonali aided the team in clinching the Serie A title in 2021-22 and was a valuable member of the team that made it to the previous season’s Champions League semi-finals.
He also enjoyed the honour of being part of Italy’s Under-21 squad at the European Championships.
In a statement on the club’s website, Tonali expressed his anticipation, “I’m eager to return the faith invested in me on the pitch, by giving my best, as I always do. I’m genuinely thrilled about the prospect of playing at St. James’ Park and can’t wait to experience the fans’ fervour.”
‘Evidently a Remarkable Talent’
Commenting on Tonali’s signing, Newcastle’s head coach, Howe, praised, “Tonali is evidently a remarkable talent who possesses the mindset, physical prowess, and technical skill that align perfectly with our team’s ethos.
“While Sandro, at 23, boasts significant experience as a pivotal player in one of Europe’s premier leagues and the Champions League, and has represented his nation, he also presents an opportunity for growth and development with us. I am excited about welcoming him to our squad as we brace ourselves for the upcoming thrilling season.”
Tonali’s journey started at Brescia, where he made his professional debut in Serie B at 17. Following Brescia’s promotion to Serie A in the 2018-19 season, and their subsequent relegation the following season, Tonali had his debut for Italy in a substitute appearance against Liechtenstein in October 2019.
In the summer of 2020, he joined AC Milan on loan and made the move permanent the following year. With five goals in 36 top-flight appearances, he contributed to Milan’s triumph in securing the Italian title in 2022.
Last season, Tonali netted twice in 34 Serie A matches, helping the San Siro side secure a fourth-place finish. In the Champions League, he made 12 appearances before Milan were ousted by rivals Inter in the semi-finals.
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