Newcastle United plan Sandro Tonali medical ahead of ‘final green light’ on £60m transfer

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Newcastle United officials are prepared to conduct Sandro Tonali’s medical in Georgia, where he is currently based with Italy under-21s.

Newcastle United are planning the best way to conduct Sandro Tonali’s medical ahead of agreeing a £60million deal with AC Milan.

Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth has been in Italy since Wednesday. A fee is all-but agreed but discussions are continuing around the structure of the deal.

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Tonali is understood to have agreed personal terms on a six-year contract worth £6.8m plus £1.7m bonuses per season - which would make him the club’s highest-paid player.

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The 23-year-old hasn’t been present for face-to-face as he prepares to lead out Italy under-21s in their European Championships Group D opener against France tonight (kick-off 7:45pm).

Tonali is currently based in Georgia and according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Newcastle officials are prepared to fly over in order to conduct his medical and therefore seal a deal at the earliest opportunity.

Romano tweeted: “Told Newcastle staff is prepared to fly to Romania in order to arrange medicals for Sandro Tonali. Just waiting for the final green light from the clubs working on fee structure.”

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Indeed, the Magpies did the same in January 2022 when head of recruitment Steve Nickson travelled to Brazil to complete the £40million signing of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon.

Guimaraes underwent medical tests and put pen to paper on a five-year contract before being unveiled to the media on Tyneside after returning from international duty.

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe identified Tonali as his top target to fulfill the No.6 position after discussions with Inter Milan over Nicolo Barella stalled.

Tonali, a boyhood AC Milan fan, has made 130 appearances since joining from Brescia in 2020, where he helped them to their first Scudetto in 11 years and last season reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2007.

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