Milan sign Sandro Tonali on a permanent deal

AC Milan have confirmed the acquisition of Sandro Tonali on a permanent deal having spent last season on loan from Brescia.

Although he failed to make himself a mainstay in the Milan setup with 17 starts in 38 Serie A games, he was a useful addition to the squad and played most of his minutes in the Europa League.

Reports suggest that Stefano Pioli was keen to make Tonali’s loan move permanent this summer although doubts were surrounding the deal after weeks of negotiations without any announcements being made.

Regardless, the deal has now been confirmed on Milan’s official website, adding that the midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the club.

“Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Sandro Tonali on a permanent transfer from Brescia Calcio,” the statement read. 

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“The Italian midfielder will continue to wear the red and black jersey until 30 June 2026 after having played 37 games with Milan last season.”

Presently, there has been no word on the fee that the Rossoneri paid to acquire the player but Calciomercato recently reported that a figure in the region of €7m (£6m) with €3m (£2.6m) in add-ons would be paid.

The report also claimed that Tonaili would be required to take a pay cut to secure the move but details of the deal are yet to be disclosed.

Milan are preparing for the 2021/22 season and have wasted no time in bolstering their squad after impressing last term and will be in the UEFA Champions League next season. 

Tonali is the club’s third acquisition thus far as Mike Maignan has recently signed from Ligue 1 champions Lille as a replacement for Gianluigi Donnaumma who left for PSG on a free transfer. 

They’ve also made Fikayo Tomori’s loan deal permanent after spending last season on loan from Premier League club Chelsea.