AC Milan have told Arsenal they do not want to sell Sandro Tonali this summer, according to reports.
However, the Italian champions could consider a sale if an offer of £46.4million (€55m) arrives, which would allow them make two purchases.
Arsenal are in the market for a midfielder before the end of the transfer window. Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to the Emirates throughout the summer.
However, the Gunners are yet to push through with their interest in the Belgium international. Despite making five signings already, Mikel Arteta is keen on having a busy next few weeks.
And reports from Italy claim Tonali is of interest. Speaking to Calcio Mercato on TvPlay, journalist Enrico Camelio claimed there has been a meeting between the Gunners and Milan regarding Tonali.
Milan are reluctant to part ways with the midfielder. But if Tonali was to leave, last season’s Serie A winners would look to bring in two players with the money they receive.
“Milan and Arsenal met and talked about Tonali,” said Camelio.
“The Rossoneri have declared that the midfielder is not transferable, but if a proposal for €55m arrives, Milan could sell him and make two purchases”.
Tonali, 22, only joined Milan on a permanent deal from Brescia last summer after spending the previous campaign on loan at the San Siro. He featured 36 times for the Rossoneri last season, directly contributing towards eight goals from midfield.
Arsenal are interested in signing Sandro Tonali.
One of Arteta main priorities is to bring in a new midfielder this season and would have set his sights on a Rossoneri: it is Sandro Tonali , one of the protagonists of last year’s championship ride.
Sandro Tonali is this generations next great midfielder: pic.twitter.com/A7gSJL2mBA
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Dubbed the next Andrea Pirlo, the 22-year-old’s impressive displays contributed heavily towards AC Milan’s first Scudetto in nine years, winning the interest of Arsenal.
He made his debut for Italy in 2019 and has won 11 caps for the Azzurri. Tonali limped off with an injury during Milan’s 6-1 friendly win over Vicenza on Saturday but there is optimism he could be fit for the season-opener against Udinese on Saturday.