Agent intervention key as Chelsea line up blockbuster Kepa replacement

Date published: Tuesday 31st March 2020 6:42

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Chelsea are set to test the resolve of AC Milan by offering a huge financial package to superstar stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, worth at least £35m to the player over five years.

The Blues broke the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper when they forked out £71.6m to activate the release clause of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

The Spaniard has struggled to show his undoubted talents on a consistent enough basis while at Stamford Bridge, however, leading to rampant speculation Frank Lampard could wield the axe.

Back-up Willy Caballero had deputised ably in the run-up to football’s suspension due to coronavirus, but at 38 years of age, his time as a regular top level starter is in the distant past.

Now, a report from British newspaper the Daily Express has stated that Chelsea will look to beat off stiff competition from PSG and Real Madrid to secure the services of Italy international Donnarumma.

The veteran of almost 200 games for Milan despite being only 21 years of age, Donnarumma would appear on paper to be the perfect signing for a club like Chelsea with his unique blend of youth and experience an enticing prospect.

The outlet state that Blues officials have already made contact with the player’s agent – Mino Raiola – and are working on a contract offer worth £7m per year (£130,000-a-week) before bonuses.

Donnarumma’s contract with his boyhood club expires in the summer of 2021, but the paper cites an Italian report that suggests Raiola has put a halt to fresh negotiations until guarantees can be made over the future direction of the club.

This intervention could see Chelsea boosted in their pursuit of the stopper, with Raiola reportedly set for a significant financial windfall should his client switch clubs.

 

AC Milan reportedly value their number one around the £62.5m mark, though the Italian super agent thinks a price around half of that would be more appropriate given Donnarumma’s contract uncertainty at the San Siro.

Meanwhile, a Chelsea veteran has given cross-town rivals Tottenham Hotspur hope over a summer switch.

Brazilian Willian has been at Stamford Bridge since 2013, when he joined from Anzhi Makhachkala in a £30million move after initially snubbing a switch to Spurs.

But it would appear that his time in west London is coming to an end, with Willian wanting a new three-year contract but Chelsea only willing to offer a two-year deal.

And with contract negotiations having failed to yield a breakthrough, Willian is now “expected” to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

Spurs, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have all been credited with interest in the player, who currently earns £120,000 per week, but it would appear that Willian is not thinking beyond staying in London.

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