AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has surprisingly become one of the most talked about names in the transfer segment over the last few days. The 18-year-old shot-stopper is seen as the next Gianluigi Buffon, as he has already been able to make a significant impact in Italian football – both at club and international level. Since he is even yet to hit 20s, Donnarumma is seen as a goalkeeper who can represent a team for more than two decades at the top level.
The goalkeeper has just one year left on his contract with the Rossoneri and his agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed that his client will not be renewing the contract with Milan. This leaves the Italian outfit in a precarious position, and they would want to sell the player rather than lose him for nothing.
A number of top clubs like Juventus, Real Madrid, and Paris St. Germain have been alerted about the situation. Manchester United, though, have been showing a lot of interest since Mino Raiola confirmed about the exit of Donnarumma from AC Milan. The goalkeeper was heavily criticized by a large section of Milan supporters during Italy’s recent game with Denmark.
There have been intense rumours that manager Jose Mourinho has now made Donnarumma as his primary transfer target. Raiola has tried to cool the situation and pacify the supporters by claiming that he has no agreement with any top club including United. He was quoted as saying by the Metro:
“I do not have an agreement with Real Madrid, Manchester United or any other club for Donnarumma.
“We will see in the next few weeks.”
Donnarumma is thought to have rejected the possibility of a new contract in order to win trophies. Even though AC Milan have now undergone an ownership change, the club are yet to witness significant transfer activity that will make them a top club once again. Even though he is still extremely young, Donnarumma realizes that he cannot spend the next five or six years of his career without any major trophy.
Manchester United are also concerned about the future of David de Gea, who may leave the club at any time given his wish to join Real Madrid. It was reported earlier this month by Sky Sports that the Red Devils had rejected a £60 million bid for the player. It looks like United will make a move for Donnarumma even if De Gea does not leave, and the situation could be identical to that of Jose Mourinho having both Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech in the Chelsea team.