Monday June 1 2020
Cellino: 'PSG and Barca want Tonali'

Brescia patron Massimo Cellino has revealed Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have tried to get Sandro Tonali: “He prefers Inter and Juventus.”

The midfielder has impressed in his first season among the Italian elite and the President has accepted that the 20-year-old is destined to move away from the Rondinelle this summer.

“I fall in love with certain players and I would never want to sell them,” Cellino told Il Corriere dello Sport. “Building a good team around him, a team of satisfactions, was my dream.

“But I realise, however, that the boy has important personal targets, a family that supports him, especially the mother.”

Cellino expects that Tonali will move to one of the Italian giants this summer, but has revealed other offers, including a phone call from PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and a bid from Barcelona.

“Nasser would like to have him in Paris, he wrote me today,” Cellino added. “But he [Tonali] doesn’t want to go to France.

“He prefers Inter and Juve. [Napoli President Aurelio] De Laurentiis has offered me €40m, Fiorentina are ready to do whatever it takes, but his fate is more or less sealed.

“Before the coronavirus, Barcelona had arrived at €65m plus two very interesting guys valued €7.5m each, one was a defender.

“I think the Catalan leaders received an answer they didn’t like. And not from Tonali. Sandro is a kid who lights up as soon as he sees a ball. On the pitch, I have seen him do impressive things, in a three-man midfield he can play anywhere.

“His personality… He sacrifices himself for his team, before the suspension he had been hiding an inflammation in his quadriceps from me. He wanted to help his teammates. When we realised, we had to force him to stop.”

The owner concludes by revealing that he’s currently not in talks with anyone about the starlet’s price tag and is focused on finishing the current campaign.

“I’m not negotiating with anyone. There are still 12 games to play and the boy must remain calm.

“I’m curious to see how the team reacts, Brescia comes first.”

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