Manchester United are ready to make a big-money bid for a Serie A stopper as David de Gea’s future remains unclear, while Wolves are leading the chase for a £30m striker, according to Thursday’s papers.
UNITED READY TO MAKE OFFER FOR MILAN STAR
Manchester United are reportedly preparing to make a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, with uncertainty over Spain keeper David de Gea’s future at Old Trafford.
United’s interest in the 20-year-old comes as no great surprise after De Gea turned down the club’s final contract offer.
The Spaniard is wanting to increase his salary to £350,000-a-week, an amount that PSG are reportedly willing to offer the 28-year-old, but United are playing hardball as they are worried about paying out such an amount given the disastrous deal struck with Alexis Sanchez.
As for Donnarumma, he could leave Milan if they fail to qualify for this season’s Champions League.
The battle for qualification is going down to the wire in Serie A, with three points separating third-placed Atalanta and sixth-placed Roma.
Milan currently sit fifth in the table and if they fail to make the top four then Donnarumma could be on his way out of the club, as reported by Calciomercato.
Donnarumma is currently under contract until 2024 but his salary, reported to be €6million (£5.3m) a year, could be too expensive to maintain if they miss out on the financial boosts that come with playing in European football’s premier cup competition.
The report goes on to add that a bid between €60m (£53m) and €70m (£62m) could be enough to tempt Milan into allowing their young keeper move on.
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