Agent’s €20m commission, as stars align for free-transfer arrival at Man Utd

Date published: Wednesday 26th May 2021 1:40 - Matthew Briggs

Alessio Romagnoli, Gianluigi Donnarumma on the pitch AC Milan TEAMtalk

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma looks destined to leave on a free transfer this summer and a move to Manchester United has been heavily touted in the Italian press.

The 22-year-old is out of contract next month and there is no sign of him penning a new deal at the San Siro. According to Tuttosport, Milan imposed a deadline of May 23 for the player to decide his future. That date has since passed with the player’s future unlikely to be in Milan.

Chelsea and Manchester United have been mentioned as suitors by Tuttosport. And now Corriere dello Sport have pushed the latter’s claims.

“Attention to Manchester United,” reads their splash on Wednesday, with the paper almost confirming Donnarumma’s time is up.

Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan has completed a medical ahead of a move to AC Milan, according to Fabrizio Romano.

And that will signal the departure of Donnarumma ” who is bound to have a multitude of suitors in the coming months fighting for his services”.

The Italian outlet report that Milan’s No.1 will only go to a club “that will first have to get rid of his number one”.

It sounds like the player’s agent has made it clear that his client will not play second fiddle to anyone.

Juventus and Barcelona, who have been credited with a interest, would need to offload Wojciech Szczesny or Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

United would have to offload David de Gea, who looks set to start against Villarreal in the Europa League final.

The Spaniard’s future remains cloudy. He was displaced as the league goalkeeper by Dean Henderson. The England man capitalising on De Gea’s return to Spain to see the birth of his first child.

De Gea has since resumed his position as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No. 1 and played in both quarter-final and semi-finals of the Europa League. His future however remains up in the air.

The former Atletico Madrid stopper has two more years on his deal, plus the option of an extra 12 months.

De Gea has been linked with a move to Roma in the summer, according to Todofichajes.

Former United manager Jose Mourinho is taking over in the Italian capital once the season has finished.

Whether or not a move to Roma comes off De Gea could still be considering his future after sitting on the bench 15 times in all competitions this season.


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Raiola chasing €20m cut of deal

Raiola meanwhile has already set out the conditions of any move for Donnarumma, which include a huge pay out for himself.

Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness state “all teams involved already know Raiola’s conditions” and “evidently, they are all willing to grant Gigio a double-digit wage (€10m/year or more) and the agent a commission of around €20m”.

That may be a problem for United, who baulked at a move for Erling Haaland in January 2020 because of Raiola’s demands.

Juve remain one of the “hottest” options for the Italy keeper. The problem is they do not consider a new No.1 a priority.

The door is certainly ajar for a club in need of a new No.1 this summer. And that may well be United if De Gea decides 10 years is enough in the north-west.

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