David De Gea has ceased to be the brilliant goalkeeper he once was. While in the past the Spaniard singlehandedly saved points for Manchester United, his flaws in the last few games of the season were amongst the biggest contributors to them losing out on Champions League football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were adamant in ruling out contract negotiations to be the reason behind the keeper’s sordid form, which makes things appear all the more worse. His contract has a year left and rumors have been rife that United are considering a replacement for him.
According to Corriere dello Sera, United have launched a transfer inquiry into AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. In particular, the Red Devils have allegedly contacted the 20-year-old’s agent Mino Raiola over the possibility of securing his signature.
The keeper is amongst the best upcoming prospects in Europe and has been long touted to be the natural replacement for a shotstopper of De Gea’s past caliber.
It is further believed that Milan will request a transfer fee in the range of £52 million and won’t go below that, if they decide to sell Donnarumma, that is.
Arsenal are also interested in him but that asking price may remove them from the equation. Further, both clubs lack Champions League football which may also factor in them losing out on his interest.
There has been plenty of news about the goalkeeper’s spot at Old Trafford. One claimed that Sergio Romero would be promoted to the no.1 spot if De Gea is sold. Another still claimed that the club had made breakthroughs in potentially signing Jasper Cillessen, only to be outpriced by Barcelona.
A more recent rumor seemed to indicate that Keylor Navas could make his way to Manchester as part of a three-man swap deal that Real Madrid wished to make in order to bag Paul Pogba.