AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is the latest man Chelsea have added to their shortlist of potential replacements for Thibaut Courtois, according to the Evening Standard.
The Standard report that the Italian prospect joins Leicester stopper Kasper Schmeichel and Blues legend Petr Cech on a three-man shortlist that has been drawn up as current first-choice Courtois moves ever closer to a switch to Real Madrid.
The report claims that Maurizio Sarri is resigned to losing the World Cup Golden Glove winner to the lure of the Bernabeu but the deal will not be finalised until a replacement comes into Stamford Bridge.
The report also says that despite being banned from the Europa League for a breach of Financial Fair Play, Milan want to be active in the transfer market and have their eye on bringing Blues flop Alvaro Morata back to Italy.
Donnarumma could fetch a large amount of cash for Milan but if they want to spend big on Morata, then it just makes sense to combine the two deals.
Chelsea could then use the £35.5m Courtois will reportedly bring in to bolster their frontline, but they also already have Michy Batshuayi, World Cup winner Olivier Giroud and hot prospect Tammy Abraham in attack – and the trio should benefit from Sarri’s more attacking style.
It hasn’t worked out for Morata at Stamford Bridge and it is tough not to conclude that the more languid style of Serie A suits his game more; there is no reason why he couldn’t make a splash as the new darling of the San Siro.