Chelsea’s hopes of signing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma have been hit by news that Juventus are now in the picture.
Donnarumma is close to completing his sixth season for the Rossoneri at the age of just 22. He has already made 257 participations in all competitions and has been selected 25 times by Italy. The youngster seems certain to rewrite the record books and is one of the hottest properties in European football.
He will be break contract at the end of the season and Milan recently gave him an ultimatum. The Italian giants want to be notified of its future plans by May 23, with renowned suitors waiting to pounce.
With no transfer fees to pay, the Blues reportedly offered him a huge deal to move to Stamford Bridge. But Manchester United have also been mentioned about the youngster.
A move to the Premier League might appeal, but Juve might be ready to throw a wrench in the works. According to a report by Transfer market, the youngster is now about to be targeted by the old lady.
Manager Andrea Pirlo has named the starlet as a player he wants in Turin. And the media reports that Juve “ continue to investigate ” his situation.
It has also been suggested that talks between his agent Mino Raiola and the Serie A giants have already started. Having lost their Italian crown to Inter this quarter, Juventus are said to be preparing a ‘large-scale assault on the transfer market’.
It remains to be seen if they can persuade Donnarumma to stay in Italy with the Premier League as an option.
Donnarumma could solve Tuchel’s riddle
Chelsea’s goalkeeper position seemed to be stitched with Kepa Arrizabalaga man in possession. But after two seasons between posts, he was relegated to number two, with Edouard Mendy given the nod.
But Thomas Tuchel is apparently not convinced by either of the scorers and is looking for a new option. Donnarumma certainly won’t sell for cheap.
Reports claim that Raiola has asked Milan to offer him € 200,000 per week to stay at the San Siro. Il Diavolo has offered a salary of € 130,000 and the two parties seem to be worlds apart.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea or United would be ready to meet these demands. But his track record suggests it would be money well spent.
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