Totti: ‘Tonali will be one of the greatest’

Francesco Totti reveals he tried to sign Nicolò Barella for Roma and advised them to do anything possible to get Brescia’s Sandro Tonali.

Barella ended up joining Inter from Cagliari last summer in a deal worth €12m for the loan and another €25m to buy outright.

“He was one of my favourites. I tried to bring him to Roma as soon as possible, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get it done,” Totti told TV presenter Paolo Bonolis in an Instagram Live interview.

Although he is no longer working for Roma, but acting as a freelance talent scout, who would Totti like to snap up now?

“I’d do anything to get Tonali. In my view, he’ll become one of the best midfielders in the world. He has everything that a great player should have – technically gifted, good mentality and is always sharp in any situation.”

Brescia are asking for €50m, but Tonali is still admired by Inter, Juventus, Milan, Roma, Napoli, Chelsea, Arsenal and PSG.

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