Chelsea talk to AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma – goalkeeper to go on free transfer this summer
Chelsea continue their talks with Milan striker Gianluigi Donnarumma over a possible free transfer at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old failed to agree on a contract renewal with the Serie A giants, who were fed up with his recurring criticisms, and his departure this summer has been confirmed by Milan technical director Paulo Maldini.
According to 90 mins, the Blues are targeting a decision for the Italian international, who is also watched by figures such as PSG and Juventus, the latter’s interest in the goalkeeper worrying the Chelsea hierarchy.
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Juventus have been pushing for a free transfer for the Milan academy graduate and, although it has been claimed that Donnarumma would prefer to stay in his home country, he is fascinated by the possibility of playing in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s interest in signing Donnarumma, who is also watched by Barcelona, dates back to 2020 when they initially had discussions about a possible Stamford Bridge move with his agent Mino Raiola.
West Londoners are said to be happy with current first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 29, but the board is tempted by the prospect of securing a transfer for Donnarumma, which could be the long-term fix for the football giants. Premier League as they plan a squad review this summer.
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Considering his age and longevity, Donnarumma could prove to be an invaluable asset to Thomas Tuchel’s side in the years to come, as Mendy is currently in his prime.
Chelsea must offload Kepa Arrizabalaga in a bid to free up funds and reduce his payroll. While club officials have assured the 26-year-old they will try to find him a new club before the start of next season, few suitors have been able to meet the club’s demands for the Spain international until ‘now.
Although they bought it for a world record price for a goalkeeper in 2018 [£71 million], the Blues know they will have to sell the former Athletic Bilbao man for a much smaller amount if they want to part with him this summer.