Chelsea To Sign Italian Goalkeeping Prospect?
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on March 28, 2016
In a surprise revelation earlier today, the Daily Mail reported that Chelsea are sizing up a move for 17-year old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has struggled for form all season and is reportedly a target for Real Madrid who are in the market for a new No.1 goalkeeper following the dramatic failure of their move for Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Donnarumma only turned 17 in February but has already made 22 league appearances for the struggling Serie A giants, turning in a number of eye-catching displays. The young prospect’s agent Mino Raiola claimed that his client was worth £120 million late last year, although it is rumoured that Chelsea will offer a substantial £30 million fee in the Summer transfer window.
With the rumoured arrival of current Italy manager Antonio Conte at the Bridge next season, this move looks increasingly likely, with Conte being a well-known fan of Donnarumma’s. Conte also knows Raiola from failed negotiations to get Conte to manage AC Milan boss in 2014 before he became Italy manager.
Milan are prepared for bids for their keeper and are eyeing up replacements which include Sergio Romero of Manchester United. Chelsea are also prepared for competition over Donnarumma’s signature, with Manchester United likely to place a bid if either of their goalkeepers were to leave in the Summer.
Chelsea’s current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has cast doubt over his future by refusing to commit himself to a long-term deal at the Bridge, and recent comments in the media seem to suggest that he wants a move, especially with Chelsea failing to secure Champions League football for next season.
One thing is for certain: this rumour may be around for a long time.