Newcastle United are close to an agreement with AC Milan to sign Italy international Sandro Tonali for a fee in the region of €70million.
Subject to finalising negotiations, the Premier League club would be landing their top target to bolster manager Eddie Howe’s midfield.
Newcastle launched an ambitious bid to sign Tonali with an offer of around €50million on Tuesday, but the situation has progressed after face-to-face negotiations today
Newcastle are also looking for a wide forward, a centre-back and a full-back but midfielders — a defensive and a more versatile option — are the priority additions.
Tonali, who will captain Italy at this month’s Under-21 European Championship, helped Milan win their first Scudetto in 11 years in 2022, performing multiple midfield roles under Stefano Pioli.
The 23-year-old started his career at Brescia before joining Milan in 2020, making a loan move permanent the following year.
He made 48 appearances for the club in all competitions last season as Milan finished fourth but reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2007.
Newcastle, who finished fourth last season to secure a place in Europe’s top club competition for the first time since 2003, are also keen on Leicester’s James Maddison if they can strike a deal at the right price.