Manchester United have reportedly moved ahead of other suitors in the pursuit of AC Milan’s Italian prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma
As per a Calciomercato exclusive, Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of AC Milan prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma. The goalie, who has been hailed as the true heir to Gianluigi Buffon, has been on the radar of almost every top European team, could now be heading towards Manchester by the looks of it.
As per the report, Manchester United see the player as a perfect replacement for David De Gea and are preparing an offer for the Italian as a contingency, depending upon Real Madrid’s pursuit of the Spaniard. The Red Devils have already started to lay ground for a move, having established contact with Mino Raiola over a potential move.
AC Milan have been long embroiled in contract talks with superagent Mino Raiola over the future of Gianliuigi Donnarumma and have been attempting to tie the player down to a long-term deal, in order to rest speculation linking the Italian to the top clubs of Europe.
The report entails that, as per other sources, AC Milan are prepared to include a percentage of sale to Raiola in the contract for Donnarumma along with an annual salary of €3 million for the custodian, the same remuneration that has been speculated to be in the offing by Jose Mourinho’s current employers.
Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer €50 million, which is speculated to be the asking price, along with an annual salary as mentioned above, to land the player.
Mino Raiola has already overseen the arrival of four of his clients at Old Trafford in the recent times – Sergio Romero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba – with the latter three joining under Jose Mourinho only.
Paul Pogba’s transfer made waves in the footballing world and the same could happen in Donnarumma’s case if the transfer does go through, as it would mean Donnarumma would become the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football.
There are other suitors in the race as well, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Chelsea all linked with the Italian prodigy. United may have held talks with Raiola but will have to beat the aforementioned clubs in order to land the teenager. And, European football could be a big factor.
Hence, while the talks may have started now, Donnarumma or Raiola are unlikely to make a decision before they see how the situation unfolds at Manchester United, as regards their bid for European qualification as well as the future of David De Gea.