Newcastle United have signed Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali from AC Milan on a five-year contract until 2028, the Premier League club said on Monday.
No financial details were disclosed but British media reported that Newcastle paid Milan a fee of 70 million euros ($76.28 million) with add-ons.
“First of all, I want to thank Newcastle United because they are giving me a huge opportunity for my career,” Tonali said. “I want to repay the trust on the pitch, giving it my all, as I always have.”
The fee will make Tonali the most expensive Italian player of all time while it is also a record sale for AC Milan, eclipsing the 68 million euros Real Madrid paid for Brazilian midfielder Kaka in 2009.
Once seen as Italy great Andrea Pirlo’s heir, 23-year-old Tonali helped guide Milan to their first Serie A title in 11 years in the 2021-22 season and he was a key figure in their run to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
An versatile midfielder, Tonali played more games than any other Milan player last season, clocking up nearly 4,000 minutes across all competitions.
Tonali has 14 senior caps for Italy but did not make the squad for the UEFA Nations League finals where they finished third.
Newcastle qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years after a top-four finish under manager Eddie Howe.
Tonali will be their second recruit of the close season after 18-year-old Gambia forward Yankuba Minteh was signed from Danish side Odense Boldklub. (Reuters)