Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has been in direct talks with Brescia president Massimo Cellino in order to convince him to let Chelsea and Manchester City linked youngster Sandro Tonali join the Nerazzurri.

The 18-year-old midfielder’s future at Brescia has been a topic of much conjecture since the youngster broke into the Italy squad last year on the back of his performances in Serie B.

The biggest clubs in Italy – Juventus, Inter, Roma and Napoli – have made a beeline to make sure they manage to attract a player of his talent to their club.

The youngster’s performances have also piqued the interest of clubs in England, with Manchester City and Chelsea believed to be keeping close tabs on the midfielder dubbed the new Andrea Pirlo.

Inter are trying to push ahead of the chasing pack for Tonali and according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Marotta is in direct touch with Cellino for the youngster’s signature.

The newly appointed Inter CEO is trying to convince the Brescia supremo to do a deal with Inter and send Tonali to the San Siro in the future.

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Cellino has made it clear that he will not sell the youngster in the middle of the season as he wants him to lead Brescia’s promotion charge.

But he has also indicated that he would prefer to sell Tonali to an Italian club than watch him in action for a foreign outfit.