Manchester United reportedly view Gianluigi Donnarumma as a possible replacement for David de Gea, who could exit Old Trafford this summer.
According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercato, Gianluigi Donnarumma is the subject of interest from Manchester United over a possible move in the summer transfer window. The Italian international is being considered as a potential replacement for David de Gea, who is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford.
Manchester United appear set to enter a transitional period, as far as the goalkeeping department is concerned. There have been murmurs over 2020/21 being David de Gea’s final season at the club, with Dean Henderson expecting to be promoted to the role of the first-choice goalkeeper.
However, if the latest updates are to be believed, it looks like Henderson could be set for a major challenge for the sole spot between the sticks. Jan Oblak has already been rumoured to be on the radar of Manchester United, with Gianluigi Donnarumma now emerging as a target.
The 22-year-old Italian goalkeeper is already a veteran of sorts at AC Milan, having made his first-team debut nearly six years ago. Despite still being in his early twenties, Donnarumma has nearly 250 appearances under his belt for the Rossoneri, and has become an indispensable figure at the club.
However, the Italian international is currently facing an uncertain future at AC Milan, with his current deal set to run out this upcoming summer. While the Serie A heavyweights have been in talks over a renewal for a long time, the two parties are far apart when it comes to agreement over wages. Such a situation has attracted several clubs including Chelsea and now Manchester United.
At Manchester United, the long-term future of the goalkeeping department could potentially be sorted if they land Donnarumma, with both the Italian international and Dean Henderson well away from their peak years at the moment.
Having said that, Henderson is unlikely to be a happy camper if de Gea is replaced by someone like Donnarumma, having asserted his desire to be the Manchester United no. 1. Nevertheless, it looks like the 22-year-old could be targeted as a possible replacement for de Gea, if he ends up joining PSG or some other club this summer.