Newcastle United completes the signing of Sandro Tonali from AC Milan

Olatunji Olajide

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Sandro Tonali from AC Milan on a five-year contract until 2028.

The 23-year-old midfielder joins the Magpies for a reported fee of £55m which would see him become the most expensive Italian football player ever.

Tonali played a pivotal role in Milan’s triumphant Serie A campaign during the 2021-22 season, contributing significantly to their league title win.

Additionally, he played a key part in the team’s impressive journey to the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League.

While speaking to the club website, He said “I want to repay the trust on the pitch, giving it my all, as I always have. I’m really excited about playing at St. James’ Park, I can’t wait to feel the warmth of the fans.”

The Toons’ boss, Eddie Howe, after acquiring his first signing of the summer window described Tonali as an exceptional midfielder who possesses the require qualities he desires.

He said, “He is an exceptional talent and has the mentality, physicality and technical attributes to be a great fit for us.

“At 23, Sandro already has important experience as a key player in one of Europe’s top leagues and in the Champions League, as well as playing for his country.

“But he also has the opportunity and potential to grow and evolve with us, and I’m excited to add him to our squad as we approach the exciting season ahead.”

Tonali got his breakthrough at the age of 17 while playing for Brescia in the Serie B, helped the club gain promotion into the Serie A in 2018 before signing for AC Milan first on loan in 2020 and permanently in 2021.

Tonali found the back of the net on two occasions during his 34 appearances in Serie A last season, as Milan secured 4th-place finish.

Additionally, he featured in 12 matches in the Champions League before Milan’s journey came to an end in the semi-finals, with their rivals Inter being the ones to eliminate them.