Manchester City have been repeatedly linked with a move for Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, dubbed the ‘new Andrea Pirlo’, in the past week, with one report claiming Pep Guardiola is willing to pay €20 million for the teenager.
City have scouted the 18-year-old recently and his excellent passing ability is catching the attention of big clubs, with Chelsea and Monaco also keen from abroad.
Former City boss Roberto Mancini is a fan and called Tonali into his Italy squad, despite the youngster playing in Serie B, the second tier of Italian football, and having barely 20 appearances for the club.
However, City, Chelsea, Monaco and any other foreign suitors look poised for disappointment after Tonali revealed in the mixed zone after Italy’s 0-0 draw against Portugal that he’d prefer to stay in Italy at this stage of his career.
Speaking to the microphones of Rai Sport, Tonali said simply: “I’d prefer to stay in Italy.”
While that doesn’t totally rule out a move overseas, it does give Italian clubs an advantage with both Inter and Juventus known to be interested in adding the gifted young technician to their squads.