Liverpool have opened talks to sign Italian central midfielder Sandro Tonali, according to a reliable journalist.
Gazzetta Dello Sport correspondent Nicolo Schira reported on his personal Twitter account on Sunday evening that the Merseyside giants are working on a deal to land the Brescia 18-year-old after watching him score in a 4-4 draw against Spezia earlier in the day.
Schira reported that Brescia owner Massimo Cellino has slapped a £30million asking price on Tonali, who has also attracted interest from Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
#Liverpool has opened talks for Sandro #Tonali. Reds scout has watched him in #BresciaSpezia today. Cellino wants for the young midfielder (born in 2000) €35M. Roma, Juventus, Milan and Inter also heavily interested for the next season. #transfers #LFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 27, 2019
Tonali may well be a rising star of Italian football, but there is no chance of Liverpool paying anywhere near the apparent £30million valuation. Ex-Leeds United owner Cellino is renowned for his erratic conduct and sky-high claims that have no foundations in the truth, and, while the Merseysiders may well be closely following the youngster, expect his real starting price to be less than a third of that sum. Tonali has been a mainstay this season of the Brescia side in the Italian second tier, starting 19 league games, hugely impressive for such a callow player. Capped by Italy at Under-19 level, there are plenty in his homeland getting excited about him. How excited Liverpool and the European big guns really are remains to be seen, but don’t expect Tonali to be announced as a new Liverpool signing costing £30million by Thursday night. Michael Edwards didn’t earn his reputation by massively overpaying for unproven teenagers.