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Brescia president Cellino: Man Utd, Barcelona have tried for Tonali

Brescia president Massimo Cellino admits Manchester United and Barcelona have tried to sign Sandro Tonali.

The Italy midfielder is leaving Brescia this summer, with AC Milan expected to win the race for his signature.

Cellino told Top Calcio 24: "I know that [Inter chief] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter.

"He was determined and convinced that he was going to Inter, but all this time dragged on and it was practically the start of the new season with still nothing happening.

"As soon as AC Milan showed real interest, he did not want to listen to any other options.

"I also have a historically good rapport with Milan and we reached an agreement with Paolo Maldini quite quickly.

"We also had interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but the lad is in love with Milan and went crazy once he heard of their offer, because he supports them."

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