Newcastle United reach full agreement for Italian international Sandro Tonali

The 23-year-old has emerged as a key figure with AC Milan in the last three seasons, and constitutes a serious push by the Magpies to move the quality needle at St. James’ Park on the back of a brilliant 2022-23 campaign

Champions League-bound Newcastle United are primed to equal their record signing for Italian international Sandro Tonali after the Magpies have reportedly reached a full agreement with AC Milan for the 23-year-old midfielder.

Reports yesterday detailed the Tyneside outfit closing in on a €70m (£60m) deal for the key I Rossoneri midfielder, which would equal the club’s move last summer for Swedish hitman Alexander Isak.

Despite Newcastle’s performance levels across a fantastic 2022-23 campaign that saw the club ultimately return to Europe’s top club competition for the first time in two decades, the Magpies certainly are amidst a need to add further quality to life both the performance floor and the performance ceiling while adding a clear upgrade into the XI for Eddie Howe.

Most importantly, Tonali’s record of availability is a major plus point for the club as well, after the Lodi-born player featured on 93 occasions across all competitions for Milan across the last two seasons after completing a full move from Brescia Calcio and establishing himself as a first-choice option at the San Siro.

The European experience that the Italian brings can also not be understated along similar lines after making 26 appearances in continental competitions across the last three seasons, adding a valuable quality to a Newcastle team that overall lacks sufficient pedigree in that manner.

Should the deal be finalized in all respects, Tonali would likely slot into the same midfield alongside Bruno Guimarães, which could also be supported by a shock loan move for Rúben Neves after the Portuguese international opted to move to Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal.

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Andrew Thompson

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