Man United missed chance to sign 20-year-old Italy international

Brescia playmaker Sandro Tonali has turned down a move to Man United in favour of a transfer to Serie A giants, AC Milan. Italy international is one of most highly-rated teenagers in the Italian top-tier and has attracted interest from several teams around Europe following his fantastic displays in Italy’s top flight.

Sandro is ready to depart Brescia this summer but has been advised by his agent to stay in Italy to continue his development. Inter Milan had been leading the battle to sign Tonali but Brescia’s president Massimo Cellino has revealed that the Red Devils made a late offer.

However, the 20-year-old playmaker snubbed a possible move to the Theatre of Dreams. ‘I know that Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali and that Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed on terms with Inter,’ Cellino said.

‘He was determined and convinced that he was going to Inter, but all this time dragged on and it was practically the start of the new season with still nothing happening. As soon as Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options.

‘I also have a historically good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with Paolo Maldini quite quickly. ‘We also had interest from Barcelona and Man United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer because he supports them.’

The Italian midfielder is now ready to join the Rossoneri on loan for an initial €10m with an option to buy for €15m plus a further €10m in add-ons.