Here’s a name we might be hearing a lot over the summer.
Gianluigi Donnarumma, the goalkeeping sensation of Serie A, has informed AC Milan he WON’T be signing a new contract with the club, sparking renewed transfer speculation.
The 18-year-old, whose current deal expires next year, clearly feels he’s old enough to make big decisions all on his own after rejecting a new offer from the club.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola spent 40 minutes in talks with Milan’s management on Thursday, with the club’s general manager Marco Fassone announcing soon after that no negotiations over a new contract will take place.
Fassone said: “Mino Raiola has told me Donnarumma’s decision not to extend.
“The decision is final.
“I remember that 10 days ago we made an important offer to the player – even more important that what the newspapers have written. The player made his technical, economical and personal considerations and has decided to reject it.
“He will end his relationship with AC Milan on June 30, 2018.”
And Milan are likely to cash in on the want-away goalie this summer, instead of letting him walk away on a free transfer next June.
This will be good news for Real Madrid and Manchester United, who have both been eyeing the shot-stopper recently.
Bizarrely, Donnarumma’s decision could greatly effect United’s David De Gea, with the Spaniard a transfer target for Madrid.
If De Gea does leave for the Champions League winners, Donnarumma would be seen as his natural replacement at Old Trafford.
But if the Spain No 1 remains at United, then Donnarumma is likely heading to the Bernabeu.
Donnarumma has been hot properly since he became the second-youngest goalkeeper to play in Serie A when he made his Milan debut at just 16-years-old.
He’s gone on claim the No 1 spot at the San Siro, and has even become the youngest goalkeeper to play for Italy.
But having just witnessed Francesco Totti end his 25-year association with Roma, you can’t help but feel just a little jaded by his decision.