Few future free agents will spark the interest that falls at the door of AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The 22-year-old is out of contract in June and despite months of discussions to stay in San Siro, no solution has been found between Milan and goalkeeper Mino Raiola.
Donnarumma would like to renew, but as Raiola is reportedly pushing for a £ 35 million release clause to be added to Donnarumma’s new deal, he could be elsewhere in Europe this summer.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is a high-profile free agent this summer now that his deal with AC Milan is coming to an end
Donnaruuma came onto the scene as a teenager and has quickly established herself as the No. 1 for club and country over the past five years. He was unable to keep a clean sheet on Saturday when Milan drew 1-1 with Sampdoria.
His achievements and his age have caught the attention of the European elite, with many parties enduring recurring troubles between the sticks.
Sportsmail looks at the possible landing spots for Donnarumma as he takes on a new challenge this summer.
Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola reportedly pushing for release clause in every deal
Wherever Donnarumma goes, he wants to be sure that he is the number 1 of that club and so Chelsea should take that into account.
Attracting goalkeepers has proved something of a blind spot for the Blues in recent years, especially the £ 72 million on Kepa Arrizabalaga is regrettable.
Edouard Mendy has been reliable since arriving last summer, but at the age of 29, he is seven years older than Donnarumma and, in the eyes of many, just not that talented.
Chelsea have been struggling with goal since selling Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid in 2018, and there will be few opportunities presented to them as tempting as Donnarumma at a free match.
Raiola has already come out to reveal that Chelsea have been in talks about a switch for the Italian and who can blame them? Older than its years and a player who could provide a decade of stability. It seems like a good idea.
Mendy is fine, but opportunities to get generational talents like Donnarumma are rare. Expect Chelsea to be right in the mix when it becomes clear that he is leaving the San Siro.
Chelsea only recruited Edouard Mendy (center) last summer, but was able to take another step
Another club name controlled by Raiola. United are said to be in the market for a goalkeeper and they don’t come much better than the Italian.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is supposed to be targeting reinforcements in goal, but doesn’t offer much assurance for David de Gea or Dean Henderson.
De Gea’s future is far from certain, while current third-choice, Sergio Romero, is ready to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, leaving Solskjaer gaps to fill in his squad.
United recently took a closer look at Donnarumma when United knocked out Milan in a last 16 game in the Europa League.
Donnarumma is a world-class talent, but Erling Haaland and United have also passed him over due to Raiola’s contractual demands.
Solskjaer has gotten multiple headaches from Raiola, who represents midfielder Paul Pogba.
The question is whether they will bite their tongue not to miss one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Haaland shows them exactly what they are missing now and they will not want history to repeat itself.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) recently got a good look at Donnarumma
David de Gea’s long-term future as United’s number 1 option has been questioned
The interest from Paris in the young Italian can be traced back to 2018.
Donnarumma had been criticized by Milan Ultras for reports that he had asked for his contract to be terminated – something he categorically denied – and Raiola remained a thorn in Milan’s side.
Relations were eventually restored and he stayed – but Paris Saint-Germain never ceased to follow his progress.
It’s no secret that new boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a new goalkeeper this summer as he sees a replacement for 34-year-old No 1 Keylor Navas.
Leeds United’s Illan Meslier has been mooted, as has a reunion with Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, but Donnarumma would represent the perfect blend of youth and experience.
The fight has been tested in Europe, albeit in the Europa League rather than the Champions League, and isn’t surprised at the spotlight underneath since it started for Milan at just 16 years old.
Money is unlikely to be a problem for Parisians and so if it is a case of no transfer fee and only salary demands, beware of Pochettino who uses his charm to woo the young goalkeeper.
Mauricio Pochettino is aiming for a new goalkeeper this summer as he refreshes his PSG squad
Growing up glorifying Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon, it’s inevitable that he will end up in nearby Turin at some point.
Current Juventus No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny was renewed last season, meaning it’s not a priority position for boss Andrea Pirlo to resolve this summer.
However, with that said, the chance to sign Donnarumma is infrequent and given how well Milan has performed domestically this season and surpassed Juventus in the standings, the goalkeeper could spike the Old Lady’s interest.
Donnarumma would be seen as a clear upgrade to the Poland international and could follow in Buffon’s footsteps by serving Juventus for more than a decade.
There are reports in Italy that Raiola’s good relationship with Juventus, where he managed to win clients like Matthijs de Ligt, has frustrated Milan’s negotiations on a new deal.
With Pirlo in need of a youthful overhaul to bring Juventus back to the top, there would be no better goalkeeper to mark the new era than Buffon’s chief disciple.
Current Juve No 1 Wojciech Szczesny renewed last year, but Donnarumma is a definite upgrade
Donnarumma grew up glorifying Gianluigi Buffon (pictured) so was able to follow in his footsteps
Of course there is always the possibility that he will stay exactly where he is.
Don’t forget that while growing up in a province of Naples, Donnarumma grew up as a fan of Milan, progressing through their academy and making history when he broke into the first team at the age of 16.
On the Milan side, they are keen to keep one of Europe’s best young goalkeepers, but they also have a financial limit on the package they can put together.
The club have reportedly offered a new € 8 million a year (£ 6.8 million) deal which is believed to be on the table, neither accepted or rejected by Raiola.
“We know his qualities,” Milanese icon Franco Baresi said recently when questioned about the 22-year-old’s future.
“He grew up in Milan and we know how important he can be in the years to come.”
While there is a sense of urgency in wrapping up an extension, Milan may soon have no choice but to draw attention to a replacement.
Donnarumma (left) is a Milanese youth fan and has strong emotional ties to the San Siro club