Brescia owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed that midfield prospect Sandro Tonali is not for sale, after revealing one Premier League club had made contact.
The 19-year-old Italian has earned comparisons with Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso having risen to prominence over the last couple of years, spearheading Brescia’s successful promotion push to Serie A last season, and gaining his first Italy cap in the most recent international break.
Consequently, Tonali has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, even if he has personally admitted that he could stay at Brescia.
Indeed, that seems to be the most likely scenario, at least in the short-term, after former Leeds United chief Cellino set a remarkable asking price on his shoulders.
“For me he is worth €300m, which means I don’t want to sell,” Cellino told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I have a dream. If Sandro accepts, I am ready to make a big financial sacrifice to extend his contract.
“It’s up to him to decide. He can stay here and enjoy his football, or go to a big club and risk being left on the bench.”
When asked which clubs wanted Tonali, Cellino revealed that there was no shortage of interest, with one Premier League club in particular among the potential suitors after reportedly scouting him recently.
“All the big Italian clubs,” Cellino replied. “Abroad there’s Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, but in my view, he’d be better off remaining as a protagonist with Brescia.”