18-year-old Tonali has been sensational for Brescia in the Serie B so far this season, recording three assists in eight league appearances from the base of midfield, prompting some to dub him the ‘next Andrea Pirlo’.
The Sun reports that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been a fan of the regista for a while, having been keen on bringing in the number 4 a year ago when he was at Napoli’s helm. The Blues’ new boss sent scouts to watch the playmaker in a 4-1 victory over Padova, in which he assisted twice.
Despite only turning 18 in May, Tonali has made 27 appearances at senior level for Brescia and has an exciting future ahead of him.
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Making the switch across the channel to one of the Premier League’s big six would be a big ask for the 5 foot 11 Italian and he would probably be better off following precisely in Pirlo’s footsteps by staying in Italy, or at least for another year or two. His agent would do well to inform him of the state of the young talent already at Stamford Bridge; Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi are tipped to be two of the next big things but cannot breach the starting eleven.
Chelsea’s midfield is already filled to the brim with exceptional quality and, in a best case scenario, Tonali would be loaned out to another team or languish in the reserves or on the bench like the aforementioned Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi.
Tonali would be best served continuing to ply his trade in Italy, be it with Brescia or Juventus. The Old Lady showed signs of their European ambition by securing the services of five-time Champions League winning forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Tonali, if he is to secure a £20m move away, would be wise to join up with the project that Massimiliano Allegri is building.