Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to be interested in 17-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is in advanced talks with AC Milan over a new contract.
The Italian media have reported that Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in signing the 17-year-old goalkeeper, who has already established a first team position in the Milan squad.
However, Milan are keen to hold on to the teenage sensation by offering him a brand new contract.
Donnarumma is currently on a £160,000-a-year deal with the Italian club, which is minuscule in terms of football wages. To put it into perspective, Milan’s average wage payout is €1.8 million-a-year – 10 times more than what the youngster is earning.
Since Donnarumma is already being integrated into the Milan first team squad, he could expect a new contract worth anywhere upwards of £1 million a year.
Manchester United and Chelsea, however, are believed to be preparing offers of up to £30 million for the 17-year-old, who is highly regarded as ‘the next Buffon.’
Gianluigi Buffon himself has spoken highly of Donnarumma, after the 17-year-old made his Italy senior debut last week.
He said: “Donnarumma is a chosen one. There’s a new project, and we’re ready to make our quality available to the coach. When you feel you still have something to give then you’re ready for a new project.”
Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, has built a strong relationship with Manchester United over the summer, with three of his clients moving to Manchester this summer, one of whom broke the world transfer record.
Manchester United and Chelsea certainly don’t need the 17-year-old, as they already boast world-class keepers.
Mourinho has David De Gea as the first choice goalkeeper, while Conte uses Courtois in the first team, although it won’t hurt to have Donnarumma as a backup. But if the teenager does move to the Premier League, his playing time will be limited to a few appearances.