rsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Sandro Tonali as the summer transfer deadline draws ever closer.
Reports earlier this week suggested the Gunners have entered preliminary talks with AC Milan over a £40m deal for the highly rated Italy international midfielder, 22, who has become increasingly strong in Serie A after an initial loan spell from Brescia which was made permanent last year.
However, during a recent interview with Sette Magazine in Milan, Tonali hailed the impact a move to the Rossoneri has had on his budding career and confirmed he wants to stay at the San Siro for the foreseeable future.
“[Joining AC Milan] was the right thing to do and my development was a natural consequence,” he said.
“Being in a team permanently is not like being on loan. It’s a detail that counts for little on its own, but which makes the difference by adding other factors.
“If you play badly during your loan, you can worry that the club won’t sign you. I joined Milan at the right time and I want to stay.
There was, however, better news for Arsenal regarding their attempts to sign Yeremy Pino.
The Spanish teenager is believed to be in Mikel Arteta’s sights as he looks to add a new winger to his squad before the current window for business closes on September 1.
And former Arsenal boss Unai Emery admitted ahead of their La Liga opener against Valladolid on Friday that Villarreal would likely have to sell Pino if a sufficient offer was made.
“If an offer comes in for players like Yeremy Pino, then he will have to leave,” Emery said. “We have a responsibility with the club. It’s like that.”