Roberto Mancini on Sandro Tonali’s Newcastle move: “It means there are some problems”

Italy National Team coach Roberto Mancini has spoken about the soon to be completed transfer of Milan’s Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United.

Tonali didn’t feature in the two Nations League games the Azzurri played recently, because the 23-year-old is captaining the U21’s at the European Championship. However, his game against France U21 is ending up as his last game as a Milan player, as Tonali is set to join Newcastle United for €70 million. Mancini spoke with Sky Sports about the deal:

“On one hand there’s a bit of regret if a good and young player like Tonali leaves Italy. It means there are some problems. On a technical level, however, the Premier League will be useful for Tonali, it’s good for him.”

The Azzurri coach probably refers to the monetary problems some Serie A clubs are facing. Whenever a big side swoops in with a big sum of money, the Italian clubs are almost always forced to sell their player. In this case, Tonali did not want to leave the club, but the Rossoneri higher-ups pushed him out of the club

According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal between Newcastle and Tonali won’t be announced this weekend or the beginning of next week. This is because of some technical formalities, but the agreement is done. The transfer makes Tonali the most expensive Italian ever. 

Jurre van Wanrooij | GIFN


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