Chelsea are believed to be keeping a close eye on AC Milan’s young prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma as they want to keep their goalkeeping options open ahead of the upcoming summer window, as Thibaut Courtois heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The 17-year-old Milan shot-stopper has been making some serious waves in Serie A since his debut earlier this term, which saw him the youngest goalkeeper to start a match in the history of Italian football at the age of only 16.
Now The Mail claim Chelsea are leading the race for the wonder kid, but they could also face a tough competition from Real Madrid who are keeping close tabs on potential targets despite Keylor Navas’ impressive form this season.
The Spanish giants last summer attempted to sign David de Gea from Manchester United but failed in slapstick fashion at the very last moment.
Meanwhile, Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola has claimed that his client is worth £120m, but the Blues are most likely to test Milan’s intention with a significantly more reasonable bid in the region of £30m.
For his part, Courtois admitted few days ago he is not sure about his future at Stamford Bridge. When asked where he would be playing next season, he replied: “I don’t know. I still have a contract for three years so we’ll see what Chelsea want too. Until now I’d won a trophy every season. I tried to come back as strongly as possible.
“It’s a pity that we’re out of the FA Cup and the Champions League but I’m going to try to finish the season well and have a good European Championship with Belgium. Then we’ll start a new season with a new manager [at Chelsea] with the hope of doing a lot better than this year.”
Manchester United were also linked with the Italian wonderkid earlier but David de Gea’s recent performances have forced all the rumours to be banished in the wilderness.
However, Liverpool remains a tough contender as Jurgen Klopp is not happy with his current keeper Mignolet’s inconsistency and wants to bring in a young talented goalkeeper who can serve the club with a long-term prospect.
But the question is why would the Rossoneri be willing to listen to any kind of offer, especially when they regard Donnarumma as their precious asset?
Well, the fact that they are quite a bit in debt (they made a €91 million loss in 2014-2015), and splashed out almost €86 million in summer for the likes of Andrea Bertolacci, Carlos Bacca and Romagnoli).
It’s not like Milan haven’t sold their star performers before, with the departures of Kaka in 2008, Thiago Silva in 2010 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2011 proving that the club’s accounts are far from rosy.