By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool have entered discussions with Brescia over a potential deal for highly-rated prospect Sandro Tonali, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Sandro Tonali, who plays in the centre of midfield for Serie B side Brescia, has attracted Liverpool’s interest along with four of Italy’s top teams which include Roma, Juventus and the two clubs from Milan – the Reds have sent scouts to watch him in action in recent weeks.
Liverpool’s interest in the young Italian was confirmed by Brescia owner Massimo Cellino who told Corriere dello Sport “Liverpool also contacted me a little while ago” regarding the availability of his club’s prized asset.
The midfielder has been valued at around £30m which is quite a high fee for a player yet to play in the top flight. However, the abilities the young Italian possesses has gained him the nickname of being the ‘next Andrea Pirlo’ as well as earning himself a call up to the Italian national team back in November.
The 18-year old seems to prefer a move to the black and red side of Milan stating he has been a ‘Milanista’ his whole life. Current Rossoneri manager Genarro Gattuso could have a crucial advantage in signing Tonali over Reds boss Jurgen Klopp with the Brescia midfielder revealing he is “inspired” by the World Cup winner.
If Liverpool is to secure the signature of the ‘next Pirlo’ he could become the future of the Reds midfield with an ageing James Milner and an injury prone Adam Lallana tipped to leave the club within the next couple of seasons.