Manchester City are getting serious about signing one of Italy’s emerging talents, Sandro Tonali, and are prepared to hand over €20 million (£17.4 million) to Brescia, Italian source TMW reports.
This comes after famous Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport linked City with a move for the 18-year-old by revealing they had scouts watching Tonali during Brescia’s 4-2 win over Hellas Verona at the weekend.
And now TMW has added to the speculation by claiming that both City and Ligue 1 side Monaco are willing to pay a €20 million fee to sign the youngster, who is being compared to Andrea Pirlo.
Roma pitched a €12 million offer to Brescia, who play in Serie B, several weeks ago, but the northern Italian club believe bigger proposals will arrive in the summer and turned it down.
Chelsea and Juventus have been linked with a move for Tonali, who recently won his maiden call-up to the senior national team, while Inter and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested. Juventus are said to have a more reserved interest as they plan to try and re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United next summer.