AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma holds interest from Manchester United if they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid next summer.
De Gea has been of valuable interest to Spanish champions Real Madrid in recent seasons, and speculations are rife that Zinedine Zidane’s side could come calling for Spain’s No. 1 keeper with a mega bid in order to lure the world class player.
The Spaniard is touted to be happy at United, and manager Jose Mourinho is not keen to offload the player at any cost.
According to the Sun, it is believed that the Red Devils will only sanction a move for De Gea if they can get hold of Italian teenager Donnarumma.
The Milan keeper, who had earlier expressed his desire to seek move to a new club, went on to sign a fresh 5-year deal at the San Siro outfit in July. But things could get really interesting next summer, with Juventus too in the mix.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Juventus are highly interested in Donnarumma, and value him to be an ideal replacement for Gianluigi Buffon. The Serie A champions did not bid for the teenager this summer, as they signed Wojciech Szczęsny instead to be an understudy to Buffon.
But next season, if Buffon calls it a day at Turin, then the side could go and bid for Donnarumma, and tempt Milan to sell him.
The 17-year-old is tipped to become the world’s best goalkeeper in the future, and has both United and Juve interested should they be forced to make a move next summer.
Meanwhile, Milan want their key asset to stay put, and have shown ambition this summer to sign several valuable players in order to claim their authority back in Italy.
Should the San Siro club do well this season, they can also provide assurance to Donnarumma in showing his loyalty to the club. However, it could be tricky for Milan to fend off Juve and United if they come in for their star in 2018.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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