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The COVID-19 pandemic has widely affected the summer transfer market and Serie A giants AC Milan have helped themselves by pulling off a coup by completing a Sandro Tonali transfer. The 20-year-old, who is a boyhood fan of the club, will join the Rossoneri from relegated Brescia for an initial loan for €10 million (£9 million) with an option to buy for €15 million (£13 million).

For people who have played Football Manager, Sandro Tonali needs no introduction, but for those who don't, here's a look at who is Sandro Tonali, the Sandro Tonali career so far, and why Juventus, Inter Milan, Man United and Barcelona were all once interested in signing him.

Sandro Tonali: Personal Information

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Date of birth: 8 May 2000 (age 20)

Place of birth: Lodi, Italy

Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)

Playing position(s): Midfielder

Club information

Current team: Milan (on loan from Brescia)

Number: 8

Sandro Tonali: AC Milan transfer news

While AC Milan is yet to confirm the Sandro Tonali transfer, the 20-year-old has already announced that he would be joining AC Milan ahead of the new Serie A season. The 20-year-old is touted as one of the finest midfielders of his age and is marked as a potential star from the future. The youngster joined Brescia in 2012 and saw his position change from a creative second forward to a deep-lying playmaker.

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He is touted as the heir to Andrea Pirlo, the Italian football legend who also made his way through Brescia and moved to AC Milan later in his career. Sandro Tonali is known for the quality of his passes and calmness on and off the ball, which is suited the most to dead-ball situations, much like Pirlo.

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Sandro Tonali: Club Career

Sandro Tonali made his senior debut for Brescia at the age of 17 during their Serie B clash against Avellino in 2017. Since then, the youngster has frequently featured for them, before establishing himself as a nailed-on starter during their Serie B title win, Republic World cites.

In his debut Serie A season, Tonali made 35 appearances, scoring a solitary goal and assisting seven goals for his teammates as Brescia were relegated. The midfielder was also part of the Italy Under-19 squad, which lost in the 2018 European Under-19 Championship final against Portugal. His performances this season earned him a national call-up as he made three appearances during Italy's EURO qualifying games.

Sandro Tonali: the 'new Pirlo' taking Italian football by storm

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Speaking to Gazzetta Dello Sport earlier this year, Andrea Pirlo had claimed that Sandro Tonali was already the best midfielder in Serie A. The newly-appointed Juventus manager said that the duo was far from similar while lavishing praise on Tonali's abilities.

Pirlo said that the Brescia star was far more complete than he was, both in defence and in approach and added that Tonali is a mix of him and other players. Former Brescia coach Roberto Boscaglia had also lavished praise on Tonali, claiming him to be a special player.

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