Manchester United are preparing to make a £40million bid for highly-regarded Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali after watching him in action last week.
The Brescia prodigy is attracting attention from a host of elite European clubs thanks to his impressive displays in his debut Serie A campaign.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid are all in the chase for the 19-year-old, who recently described himself as a blend of Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso.
They oversaw him play the full 90 minutes in Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Fiorentina and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly received glowing reports from his scouting team.
An Old Trafford source commented: ‘We have known about Tonali for 18 months but our Italian scouts say he has gone to the next level and United need to get involved – he could be a generational talent.’
The teenager, who also started out at Brescia, is enjoying his first season in the top flight having won promotion with the Lombardy club last season.
A potential £40m has been mooted but the Italian club’s president Massimo Cellino recently claimed he is worth £260million.
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