Liverpool had been linked with Sandro Tonali.

Liverpool’s hopes of signing Italian sensation Sandro Tonali appear to be over before the season has even begun.

ESPN reported earlier this year that the Reds wanted to sign Tonali, who is valued at £30 million and has been compared to Andrea Pirlo.

The 18-year-old is already an Italy international and he has now led Brescia to promotion to Serie A.

Last season Brescia finished 16th in Serie B, this week they were promoted, sitting in first place.

Liverpool’s chances of signing Tonali already looked unlikely the moment Brescia were promoted.

Brescia owner Massimo Cellino, formerly Leeds owner, now plans to ward off interest in the midfielder.

Tuttomercatoweb report Cellino now will refuse to sell Tonali for two years, and plans to offer him a new improved contract to befit his status as a Serie A player.

This may be for the best for Liverpool in any case. 

The Reds can get a better look at his ability and potential next season by watching him matched up against Serie A players.

In other news, Andy Robertson says one Liverpool academy graduate has ‘all the ability in the world’