Liverpool considering Donnarumma swoop

According to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool are considering a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Loris Karius has established himself as Liverpool’s number one goalkeeper in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign, but there remain question marks over whether the German is good enough to be the club’s first-choice stopper on a long-term basis.

The Reds are expected to spend big this summer after securing a top-four position on the final weekend of the Premier League season, whilst they have the small matter of the Champions League final against Real Madrid at the end of this month.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Liverpool have been made aware that five-time Italy international Donnarumma could be available for £60m this summer after Milan failed to secure Champions League football for next season.

However, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also believed to be closely monitoring proceedings as the 19-year-old’s long-term future at Milan is called into question.

Should Liverpool push for his signature?

Donnarumma burst onto the scene at the San Siro as a 16-year-old in 2015, and was immediately hailed as the heir to Gianluigi Buffon with the Italian national team.

The teenager has struggled for consistency during the 2017-18 campaign, however, and whilst he has incredible talent, it would be a risk for Liverpool.

This term, Donnarumma has kept 21 clean sheets in 52 appearances in all competitions, and he has already made more than 120 appearances for Milan’s first team despite the fact that he will not turn 20 until February 2019.

There are reasons to believe that the teenager, who has also previously been linked with West Ham United, will go on to become one of the leading stoppers in the world, but Liverpool just cannot afford to take the £60m risk at this point in time.

Indeed, that money would be better spent boosting a squad which has been stretched throughout the 2017-18 campaign.