AC Milan have slapped a €60 million price tag on goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to reports.
Donnarumma, who is only 17 years old, has become a sensation in Italian football. Despite his raw age, he has already amassed an incredible 42 appearances for AC Milan, and has also already received his first International cap for Italy.
The young keeper has caught the eye of several top clubs in Europe, including Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Juventus are said to be on the look out for a replacement for their ever green shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon, who will turn 39 in January, and are believed to be keeping a close watch on Donnarumma’s fledgling career.
Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta remained coy when asked about the club’s interest in the 17-year-old Italian, but admitted that the club are “always looking for good goalkeepers”.
Since AC Milan was taken over by a Chinese consortium in the summer, they have been determined to sign top players and bring themselves back to a position of being title contenders. As a result, it is unlikely that they would be willing to sell their main goalkeeper to one of their biggest rivals, and should they do so, it is likely to come at a hefty price.
Italian news outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that AC Milan will be holding out for €60 million should Juventus make a serious bid for the teenager.
Donnarumma’s current contract with AC Milan expires in the summer of 2018 – which also coincidentally happens to be the year when Buffon is set to hang up his gloves – but Italian paper Calciomercato believe that the youngster is eager to stay at the San Siro, despite interest from the Old Lady.