AC Milan could consider a move for Nice goalkeeper Walter Benitez if they choose to accept an “important” €50million offer from Chelsea for Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to one journalist.
Chelsea splashed out over £70million in the summer of 2018 to make Kepa Arrizabalaga the world’s most expensive goalkeeper but after a solid season under Maurizio Sarri last term, the Spaniard has suffered a downturn in form this time round.
Kepa has the worst save percentage in the Premier League and he was dropped by boss Frank Lampard for Willy Caballero for a period this season.
As such, reports have surfaced that Chelsea are looking to replace him; it has been claimed that the Blues are willing to offer Donnarumma, 21, a contract worth £7million a year.
Speaking to Milan News (via Sport Witness), journalist Carlo Pellegatti, who has a record of covering Milan, revealed that Chelsea have firmed up their approach with an offer before explaining who could replace Donnarumma.
“If Donnarumma were to go away, because Chelsea’s offer seems to be important, €50m, who could be his substitute?” the journalist said.
“There are interesting goalkeepers, Rajković from Reims and Carnesecchi from Trapani on loan from Atalanta, but they are similar figures to that of [Alessandro] Plizzari, who will return from his loan to Livorno [at the end of the season].
“However, there is a goalkeeper, 27 years old and therefore in full maturity, in the Argentine national team [whose contract] expires in June 2020.
“He would therefore arrive at zero and for a few weeks belongs to the Mino Raiola team. He is the goalkeeper of Nice… Walter Benitez.”
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, who is reportedly at odds with the German champions over the length of a proposed extension to his contract.
A recent report has claimed, however, that Neuer is prepared to stay with Bayern, whatever it takes.
In other news, Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti would reportedly prefer a move to Chelsea than to Arsenal, with both clubs said to be keen on signing the Frenchman.
Since signing a new deal at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, the 26-year-old has been plagued by knee problems which have restricted his game time and Barca are said to be open to selling the World Cup winner.