Manchester United miss out on promising Italian midfielder

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Manchester United have missed out on Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali as the player looks likely to join Inter Milan.

The youngster has been widely dubbed as the new Andrea Pirlo. Reports in Italy claim Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will wrap up the transfer.

The Red devils have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old playmaker for several months, following his breakthrough season with Brescia in Serie A.

The player has reportedly chosen Antonio Conte’s side, who will pay an initial fee of £31million (€35m) to the relegated Brescia for his services.

A United source told the Sun: “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.”

Tonali has made 34 Serie A appearances this season for his side, after playing his part as a vital cog in their promotion efforts last year.

Despite dropping down to the second tier, Brescia had been determined to hold onto their prized asset.