Newcastle United, in a significant coup, has successfully landed Italian national team player Sandro Tonali, prying him away from AC Milan in a deal that has sent shockwaves through the football world. Both clubs confirmed the signing through their official websites, ending weeks of anticipation and speculation.
"The Most Expensive Italian Player of All Time"
Tonali's journey to St. James' Park had been on the cards for a while. The clubs had reached an agreement several weeks ago, but the process was on hold while the young midfielder was engaged in the U-21 European Championship.
Upon returning, Tonali promptly sealed the deal, putting pen to paper on an 80-million-euro contract that set a new record for an Italian player. This move eclipses the previous record, held by Jorginho when he transitioned from Napoli to Chelsea.
In doing so, Tonali not only joins the ranks of Newcastle United but also etches his name in the annals of football history as the most expensive Italian player ever.
Shock in Milan and Excitement in Newcastle
The Milanese side's fans are still coming to terms with this unexpected development.
There is a palpable sense of loss, as they have seen their prospective captain for the next decade and a local lad living his dream to play for his beloved club abruptly shipped off to England. AC Milan's management, spearheaded by club owner Gerry Cardinale, is under considerable scrutiny following this surprise move.
Many fans are yet to come to terms with the loss of Tonali. However, they hope that Cardinale will soften the blow by bringing in high-quality replacements in the near future. Tonali's new contract with Newcastle, which stretches for six years, will see him earn eight million euros plus bonuses per season.
The 80-million-euro man is set to provide a significant boost to Newcastle United as they prepare for their return to the prestigious Champions League. Having played three seasons at San Siro, where he clinched the Serie A championship, Tonali's arrival from Milan to Tyneside is indeed a prized catch for Newcastle United.