Gianluigi Donnarumma has come to an impasse in contract negotiations with AC Milan, according to reports.
Donnarumma is in the final year of his deal at Milan, the only club of his career so far. However, he has been linked with an exit – potentially to the Premier League.
Reports recently suggested that Donnarumma is a target for Chelsea. The Blues have spent heavily this summer, but could still need a better keeper to mount a title challenge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has not lived up to his price tag since becoming the most expensive goalkeeper in history two years ago. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard even took him out of the team on multiple occasions last season.
Therefore, they are looking for a replacement – and if Donnarumma is a genuine target for Chelsea, then they will be alert to the latest updates. According to Corriere Della Sera, the 21-year-old has set out his demands to Milan.
The Italian newspaper says Donnarumma wants a salary of €10m per season to commit his future to Milan. That’s around twice as much as the €6m salary he currently earns.
Such a salary would be problematic for Milan, who are looking to reduce their wage bill, not increase it.
Therefore, Milan may have to sell Donnarumma before the transfer window closes to avoid losing him for free. He can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with another club from January.
Chelsea step up pursuit of Mendy
A cheaper and potentially more likely goalkeeper target for Chelsea would be Edouard Mendy, who currently plays for Rennes.
Mendy impressed in Ligue 1 last season and Rennes are now resigned to losing him, having lined up a replacement.
The French club would be looking for a fee of around £18m for the Senegal international. And Chelsea are now ready to step up their interest after director Petr Cech identified Mendy as a top target.
Cech used to play for Rennes before he joined Chelsea, and now he is advising the club to help Mendy make the same move.
According to the Mirror, Chelsea will intensify their efforts to sign Mendy this week. The 28-year-old would be a “rival” for Kepa, rather than a replacement.
38-year-old Willy Caballero is currently the only other option Chelsea have in goal.
However, the Telegraph say there has been “no breakthrough” for Mendy, adding that if Chelsea can’t agree a deal, they will promote 21-year-old Nathan Baxter to the first team instead.
Several EFL clubs would be happy to take Baxter on loan, but he may end up staying at Stamford Bridge to provide competition for Chelsea’s main two keepers.