Why Donnarumma decision will put Man United on alert and spark a goalkeeper merry-go-round

Manchester United will have been watching the recent speculation about AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma with great interest.

The 18-year-old has had a fine season in Italy, starting every league game for the Rosseneri after breaking into the famous side at just 16-years-old.

A string of fine performances over the season, as well as his undoubted potential to succeed the his legendary namesake Gianluigi Buffon as Italy’s number one, has seen his stock rise exponentially over the last 18 months.

Keen to keep the exciting youngster at the San Siro, Milan have been readying a new bumper contract for the wonder kid.

Milan have recently had an influx of money under their new owners and have already made a number of exciting signings in the hope of building a new generation with Donnarumma as its centrepiece.

But this no longer appears to be the case, with Donnarumma reportedly announcing his intention to leave.

And the news will have put Europe’s top sides on alert, with United in particular on red alert.

One of their top players over the last few seasons, the Red Devils’ stopper David De Gea has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for years now.

Since the young Italian has broken through and confirmed himself as one of Serie A’s top keepers however, the Spanish giants will surely be interested in securing his signature.

While this will no doubt be music to the ears of United fans, there is a way things could turn out even better at Old Trafford.

With the Italian’s contract due to expire in twelve months’ time, it seems very unlikely Milan will allow him to leave for free and will instead be looking to sell now.

And according to Marca, Zinadine Zidane has told Keylor Navas he will be the keeper at the Bernabeu next season, making a move for the Italian less likely; albeit still not impossible.

There is the possibility Donnarumma would spend a season as second-fiddle to the Costa Rican who impressed as Real Madrid won four trophies in 2016/17.

Should Italian want to be top dog and Zidane want to keep his word however, both Milan and the 18-year-old would have to look elsewhere.

This would make United favourites to sign him assuming De Gea left. While they would miss the Spaniard, signing the world’s best young goalkeeper may be a power move the Old Trafford hierarchy may be unable to resist as they look to get to the top of club football once more.

On top of that, they have great links with his agent Mino Raiola after brokering the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba. Knowing Raiola’s priority of getting the best deal financially, this would put them in pole position.

Any move would likely spark a merry-go-round of transfers with Donnarumma, De Gea, Navas and possibly even Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois on the move after he has allegedly stalling on contract negotiations.

If that were to happen, it’s safe to say United wouldn’t be the only club keeping an eye on the situation.

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