Sandro Tonali joins Newcastle as the most expensive Italian of all-time for £60m

Sandro Tonali joins Newcastle as the most expensive Italian of all-time for £60m as Milan parted way with one of their best players last season.

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Tonali was among Newcastle’s primary transfer targets this summer, and now the Magpies finally secured their wanted man.

The Italian midfielder was instrumental in Milan’s progress to the Champions League semi-finals last season; Tonali has signed a contract at St James’ Park until 2028.

The deal makes him the most expensive Italian player of all time, surpassing Federico Chiesa (from Fiorentina to Juventus) or Jorginho (from Napoli to Chelsea).

The lucrative fee is also a record transfer for Milan, eclipsing the €68m deal from Real Madrid for Brazilian midfielder Kaka in 2009.

Theo Hernandez and Tonali are Milan's keyplayers
Theo Hernandez and Tonali are Milan’s keyplayers

Milan needs more funds to reinvent their squad for the coming season of 2023/24, where they have to get back to the Serie A title race while competing in the UEFA Champions League.

Tonali was a constant in central midfield as they finished in the top four to continue playing in Europe’s elite competition next season.

For Newcastle, they qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years after a top-four finish under manager Eddie Howe; that’s why Tonali is a crucial reinforcement as he is the second summer recruit after 18-year-old Gambia forward Yankuba Minteh was signed from Danish side Odense Boldklub.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe said:

“He is an exceptional talent and has the mentality, physicality and technical attributes to be a great fit for us.

“At 23, Sandro already has important experience as a key player in one of Europe’s top leagues and in the Champions League, as well as playing for his country.

“But he also has the opportunity and potential to grow and evolve with us, and I’m excited to add him to our squad as we approach the exciting season ahead.”

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