The so-called new Andrea Pirlo is a target for Premier League leaders Liverpool and Serie A powerhouses Roma, according to Massimo Cellino.
Liverpool are interested in signing Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, the Serie B club’s president Massimo Cellino has told Corriere dello Sport.
At the age of just 18, Tonali has established himself as one of the brightest talents in Italian football with his exceptional passing range from a deep-lying midfield role drawing comparisons with the former AC Milan and Juventus star Andrea Pirlo.
The teenager has provided five assists in 18 games for Brescia this season and was even called up to the senior Italy squad by Roberto Mancini in November.
And the former Leeds United owner Cellino has now revealed that there is plenty of interest in Tonali – not least from Anfield.
“Roma have made a request for Tonali, I’ve had many meetings with (chief executive Mauro) Baldissoni but I want to retain the player for long time,” said the outspoken president.
“He’s just 18 and I’ve been contacted by Liverpool too.”
Corriere dello Sport add that Roma are ready to offer an initial fee of £18 million for Tonali. And, to sweeten the deal, the 2018 Champions League semi-finalists have promised to make the youngster the captain of their Primavera team, while putting a contract until 2024 on the table.
So if Liverpool want to sign Tonali too, they will have to put together a package capable of beating Roma and convincing Cellino.