Gianluigi Donnarumma is Chelsea’s ‘number one’ goalkeeper target for the summer, according to a report in Italy.
Donnarumma is in the final few months of his contract with AC Milan. He has spent his entire career with the Serie A giants to date, having made his senior debut at the age of 16 and being first-choice practically ever since.
Still only 22, Donnarumma has built up plenty of experience. The chance to sign him for free will be an appealing one for many clubs.
For example, Chelsea are one of the main suitors for his signature. Reports suggesting their interest have been surfacing since shortly after they signed Edouard Mendy in the summer.
Mendy made a bright start to his Chelsea career after being brought in to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as number one. However, claims soon arose that Mendy was simply a stop-gap solution and the Blues would look for a more high-profile keeper in 2021.
Donnarumma has been one of the most prominent names to be linked. Reports naming him as a target even pre-date those of Mendy.
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Now, it appears they are ready to step up their interest in the Italian. According to Libero Quotidiano, Chelsea have made a contract offer to Donnarumma.
They are ready to offer the Milan star a “monstrous” salary of €10.5m per year to move to London. That would be an increase of €4.5m compared to what he currently earns.
It is not yet clear how Milan will respond. They will be trying to persuade Donnarumma to sign fresh terms at San Siro, but Chelsea are in a stronger financial position.
Therefore, the Blues may have hope of landing the world-class goalkeeper they have been searching for.
No mention of Man Utd
Recent reports have also suggested Manchester United as a potential suitor for Donnarumma.
David De Gea is not the goalkeeper he once was, but Dean Henderson has been unable to usurp him in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.
Therefore, if both leave, United will need to replenish their goalkeeping department. Donnarumma has been listed as a possible target.
However, Libero Quotidiano do not mention Man Utd. They do have information about another contender, though – claiming PSG will also rival Chelsea for Donnarumma’s signature.
The Ligue 1 champions currently have Keylor Navas as their number one. Therefore, they could be looking for a younger successor.
The report does not mention whether they will match Chelsea’s contract offer.