Newcastle bid ‘difficult to reject’ as agent confirms ‘excellent deal’ for €70m star and both clubs

Jason Soutar
Newcastle-linked midfielder Sandro Tonali during a match between Italy and England.
Sandro Tonali has completed a move from Milan to Newcastle.

Sandro Tonali’s agent says it was “difficult to reject” interest from Newcastle United ahead of the player’s big-money move to the Premier League.

News of the Magpies’ interest in the Italian international broke earlier this week with a deal all but finalised.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said ‘here we go’ for Tonali’s transfer from AC Milan to St James’ Park, confirming there is an agreement worth €70million plus add-ons in place, making him the most expensive Italian player of all time.

Tonali is expected to sign a whopping six-year contract worth €7m and €2m in add-ons per year.

Some reports have claimed the 23-year-old did not want to leave Milan, who felt forced to cash in on one of their best players.

And Tonali’s agent, Giuseppe Riso, says the transfer is an “excellent” one for his client and the Serie A giants.

“It’s difficult to reject a huge bid for the club and the player,” Riso said [as relayed by Fabrizio Romano].

“We agreed all terms for Tonali with Newcastle and the two clubs are finalising the deal.

“The contract with Newcastle will be valid for the next six years.”

Riso continued: “This is an excellent deal, Newcastle is the perfect project for Tonali.

“Newcastle wanted Sandro as a key signing at all costs.

“He will be a crucial player for the Magpies. This deal also helps AC Milan and Brescia’s [Tonali’s former club] finances a lot”.

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Newcastle are expected to sign another midfield player with Leicester City’s James Maddison one of Eddie Howe’s top targets.

One player the Magpies have been linked with over the last six months is Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.

Former Tottenham and Scotland right-back Alan Hutton reckons the Scotland international would be a solid addition for Newcastle, more so than Everton.

“Newcastle play in the Champions League, they tick all of the boxes,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“I think Newcastle are more appealing, Everton are still a big football club, but at this moment of time the Magpies just edge it.

“Of course Everton are moving into a new stadium which is brilliant, but they do have issues aswell, and they need goalscorer instead of a midfielder.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injuries and being unable to replace them was where they really in the relegation scrap.

“With the amount of recruiting needed at Everton, Newcastle would be the better choice for McTominay.”

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