The top football clubs have already started shadowing potential prospects, and with just two months left for the transfer window to open up, clubs are set to bring out the big bucks. However, one name that has surely caught everyone’s attention is Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The AC Milan goalkeeper is being closely monitored by Juventus and Manchester United. Juve, although being favourites to sign Donnarumma, have cooled their interest in the Italian international mainly due to the incredible form of Gianluigi Buffon.
Breaking the world transfer record by signing Paul Pogba for £89m, Manchester United made their intentions quite clear this season. And with Antoine Griezmann already connected to the English side, Gianluigi Donnarumma is another eminent name that the club will be hoping to sign.
David De Gea has been on the radar of the Spanish giants, Real Madrid, and if the Spaniard is to make a move to his home country, Donnarumma will be on top of the shopping list for the Red Devils.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United are set to pay €7.5m per season for the 19-year-old wonderkid to AC Milan’s €3.2m per season. However, if Donnarumma decides to stay, he would guarantee himself a five-year contract, captaincy of the Rossoneri, and a 2000% wage increase, which still seems to be insufficient according to his agent, Mino Raiola.
Raiola is driving a hard bargain, and fairly, is not only concerned with the financial terms offered to Donnarumma. The agent is also worried about how good AC Milan will be in the coming years with the new Chinese investors.
Raiola did plenty of business with Manchester United last summer, bringing in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Paul Pogba. With Juventus moving out of the picture, Manchester United are now most likely to sign the Italian goalkeeper, but Raiola will remain the driving force for the transfer.
Written by Sidharth Jindal. Tweet to get in touch with him.