Inter Milan are hoping to finalise a deal to bring Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali to the club, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Sandro Tonali Set to Sign for Inter Milan
Personal Terms Agreed With Juventus Out of the Race
According to Romano, Inter agreed personal terms with the young midfielder in June. They’re hoping to rubber-stamp the deal after their Europa League campaign.
Inter are still in talks with Brescia to sign Sandro Tonali and will try to finalize the deal after the Europa League. Personal terms already agreed since June. Juventus are not in the race. 🇮🇹 #transfers #Inter #Tonali
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 18, 2020
Antonio Conte‘s side reached the final after a comfortable 5-0 win over Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk. They will meet Sevilla in the final on Friday night. Tonali has been linked with Juventus for a long time, but they’re reportedly not in the race for his signature.
What Would Sandro Tonali Bring to Inter Milan?
At only 20 years-old, Tonali was an absolute standout for a Brescia side who suffered relegation to Serie B last season. He’s already been capped three times by Italy at senior level, making his debut for them in November 2018. His ability to sit deep, dictate games and play accurate long passes has led to him being compared to Andrea Pirlo, who also started his career at Brescia.
Tonali made a total of 35 Serie A appearances last term, generally playing as a single pivot in a 4-3-1-2 system. However, he’s perfectly capable of breaking forward and getting involved in attacks. He was Bresica’s main creator, with an average of 3.43 shot-creating actions per 90 minutes, according to FB Ref via Statsbomb.
That figure is especially impressive for a deep-lying midfielder in a relegated team. To put it into context, that’s more shot-creating actions than Inter striker Lautaro Martinez.
Tonali averaged 0.16 expected assists per minute. Those figures rank better than 89% of defensive midfielders in the top five divisions in Europe.
It’s clear that even at his young age, Tonali is posting very impressive creative numbers. If Antonio Conte was to bring him to Inter, he’d certainly get a fair amount of game time already. The youngster still has plenty of time to develop his game.
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