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Manchester City are reportedly set to enter battle with Manchester United over the signing of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is said to have revealed to close ones that he will leave San Siro this summer.
The 18-year-old shot-stopper has been incredible between the sticks for Milan since breaking into the line-up in October 2015, and has proven his skills on several occasions to establish himself as the face of the Rossoneri moving forward.
However, according to The Sun, with his contract set to end in just over 12 months, it’s reported that the Italian has told friends that he will leave the San Siro this summer in favour of a move to the Premier League.
This has led to reports suggesting that City will rival arch-rivals United for his services has both Manchester clubs are in of a new skilled shot-stopper between the sticks ahead of next season.
With England international Joe Hart unlikely to have a role under Pep Guardiola, Willy Caballero whose age is not on his side will see his contract with the Citizens expire this summer while Claudio Bravo hasn’t been impressive in many occasions since his move from Barcelona last season.
As for the Red Devils, David De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid yet again, and it’s believed the European champions will secure his move this time around, and in that situation, Jose Mourinho will need to replace him.
The report from the above-mentioned tabloid adds that the Etihad outfits are willing to offer Donnarumma a whooping £70,000-a-week, while he could cost £20m given his current condition which leaves Milan in a weak position at the negotiating table.
This report seems pretty silly in fairness. I don’t think £20m is anywhere near the amount the Serie A giants would likely accept, while it seems a massive stretch to suggest that an inside source has told the Sun of Donnarumma’s intentions to apparently leave when reports in Italy have all been focused on him signing a contract extension and he remains a Milan supporter.
However, one person who is capable of swinging it towards an exit is his agent Mino Raiola who has kept the door open for an exit and so perhaps there could be a shock transfer on the way this summer.