Liverpool FC interested in signing 18-year-old, says Brescia chief
Liverpool FC are keeping tabs on Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali, according to the club's president Massimo Cellino
Liverpool FC are interested in a deal to sign Brescia teenager Sandro Tonali, according to the Italian club’s president Massimo Cellino.
The 18-year-old has been attracting interest from a host of top European clubs following his impressive start to his career at Brescia.
Website Goal reported in November that FA Cup holders Chelsea FC and Serie A champions Juventus were interested in the promising midfielder.
Tonali has scored one goal in 18 games in Serie B this season to earn a growing reputation as an Italian to watch out for.
The teenager’s only goal of the season in the Italian second tier came in a 4-2 victory over Verona in November.
Brescia owner Cellino revealed that Tonali is now attracting interest from Premier League leaders Liverpool FC and AS Roma.
“Yes, Roma have asked me about Tonali,” Cellino told Corriere dello Sport.
“I’ve talked about him to [Roma director Mauro] Baldissoni several times, but I want to keep the lad as long as possible.
“Is he ready? I don’t know, he’s 18. But Liverpool also contacted me a little while ago.”
Liverpool FC don’t have a great record when it comes to signing Italian players in the Premier League era.
Rafael Benitez brought Udinese defender Andrea Dossena to Anfield in 2008 but the left-back struggled to hold down a regular starting spot.
The former Reds boss signed Alberto Aquilani in a £20m deal from AS Roma in 2009 to replace Xabi Alonso but the Italy international struggled with injury problems.
Italian strikers Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli struggled to find prolific form during their stints at Liverpool FC.