Manchester United are prepared to bid €75m for AC Milan’s young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
According to the Italian outlet Telelombardia (via Football Italia ), the teenage sensation has been lighting up eyes all across Europe, and United are all ready to spend their big bucks on a future star.
The Italian turned 18 this February, and has pulled up a string of performances for AC Milan through the 42 games he has played for the club this season. He also has managed 12 clean sheets in Serie A.
After having moved into the first team at a nascent age of 16, he was precocious for his age and fit in well to compete against the top talents in his league. However, despite his splendid performances, the Rossoneri could not manage to secure Champions League spot for the upcoming season.
With his contract running only up till 2018, most clubs in Europe, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid, are hunting like sharks in the sea in hope of bringing him to their club.
Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, is keen on getting the most value out of the deal for his client. With AC Milan’s rich Chinese owners ready to spend cash and no restrictions in value from transfer bids, the player’s value only keeps increasing.
Raiola is known to be a very smart agent and particularly famous for his sharp deals and getting the most money out of their players, as evident from his other clients – Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. With the Italian-born agent already having a good rapport with three players from Manchester United, the chances of the Milan prodigy joining the same club increase by a great deal.
AC Milan’s manager, Vincenzo Montella, though, wants to see the player stay at the club, and Milan are desperately trying to hold him off against the big guns.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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