Liverpool make contact over Tonali transfer
Liverpool have made contact with the Italian side Brescia over signing youngster Sandro Tonali, Mirror reports.
The 18-year-old has been highly regarded to become one of the best in the future, despite his tender years, and playing in Italian second-tier league.
Tonali was even called up to the Italy national squad in November last year by manager Roberto Mancini. AS Roma have also been interested to snap up the teenager.
Premier League side Chelsea were once interested to land the 18-year-old at Stamford Bridge, but that move didn’t materialise.
Tonali is a versatile midfield player, who can play as a defensive midfielder or in central midfield. In Italy, he is widely considered as the next Andrea Pirlo, the legend of Azzurri football.
Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who purchased Brescia after leaving the Elland Road, has said that Liverpool had called him to ask about Tonali.
Cellino has stated that there is widespread interest in the player, who has played 37 times for Brescia, scoring three goals.
The 62-year-old also said that he will only cash in if the move is right for the player, not just to the club offering the most money.
Liverpool haven’t made any signing during this transfer window, but they have secured futures of both their fullbacks, as they seek to build a strong unit to challenge on all fronts.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds would find any breakthrough in this deal.
They play Leicester City at Anfield on Wednesday, in a bid to keep their top spot in the league.