Manchester United missed out on Brescia wonderkid Sandro Tonali, who is AC Milan bound this summer.

The Red Devils have been long-term suitors for the 20-year-old, who has earned comparisons to Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo.

Tonali looked destined to join Inter Milan this summer but now appears to be heading to rivals AC, who have outbid their San Siro counterparts.

United outbid Barcelona for the youngster but failed to tempt the midfielder due to his love of Milan.

"I know that [Inter CEO] Beppe Marotta really wanted Tonali, and that [Inter head coach] Antonio Conte appreciated him, so I think his agent had agreed terms with Inter," Brescia owner Massimo Cellino told Top Calcio24.

Sandro Tonali already has three senior caps for Italy under his belt

"As soon as 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 [Milan technical director] 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.

“Those figures are correct, but we turned down €65m from Barcelona in January and about a dozen days ago Manchester United had offered €10m more than Milan.”

Manchester United reportedly made a late move for Sandro Tonali

Tonali's move to Milan is yet to be confirmed.

But the writing was on the wall last week when Cellino again spoke out about the player and his unwillingness to negotiate with foreign clubs.

"I appreciated the seriousness of [Milan technical director Paolo] Maldini, confirming the historic Milan. I don't want to add more to be inappropriate," he told Sky Sports on Friday.

Man Utd are keen on Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali
Man Utd are keen on Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali

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"[Inter chief executive Giuseppe] Marotta has always confirmed the strong interest.

"I have always avoided negotiations with other clubs, especially foreign ones.

"But the boy needs to know what his future is. So, I'm not in a hurry, but he is, and it seems more than justified to me."