Chelsea’s path towards €50m deal clears as Milan sound out replacement

Date published: Friday 3rd April 2020 8:54

AC Milan are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Luis Maximiano as a replacement for the Chelsea-linked Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.

Donnarumma has been a regular for Milan for a number of seasons – despite only being 21 – and the Italian  has racked up 190 appearances for the club so far.

However, his latest contract, signed in 2017, expires at the end of next season and Milan are reportedly at a crossroads over the player’s future, leading to claims that he could leave the Serie A.

Indeed, Chelsea have been heavily linked, with reports suggesting that the Blues have offered €50million and a lucrative financial package to tempt the player to Stamford Bridge.

According to Portugeuse newspaper O Jogo (via Calciomercato), Milan are preparing for Donnarumma‘s exit and have sounded out Maximiano, 21, as a potential replacement.

Maximiano, who has one cap for Portugal’s Under-21s side, was promoted from Sporting’s B team in the summer of 2018 but did not make any appearances in his first season.

However, the goalkeeper has made 23 outings this term – including 13 in the Portuguese top flight – keeping seven clean sheets overall.

 

Inter Milan are also said to be considering Maximiano, with Antonio Conte searching for a solid deputy for Samir Handanovic.

Elsewhere, Italian journalist Carlo Pellegatti has outlined that Stefano Pioli’s Milan could also consider a move for Nice’s Walter Benitez if Donnrumma leaves.

In other news, Chelsea are reportedly close to the double signing of Philippe Coutinho and Alex Telles.

Reports from Italy suggest Chelsea are in talks with both players, with the west London outfit holding a key advantage over any transfer rivals due to their relationship with the players’ agents.

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