WAs reported by The Daily Mirror, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all targeted a long-term solution to potential goalkeeping troubles this summer.
18 year old Gianluigi Donnarumma has taken Serie A by storm over the last two seasons, performing to a consistently high level for AC Milan, and now England’s biggest clubs are knocking on his door.
That’s according to The Mirror, who say that all three clubs ready to smash the world record fee for a goalkeeper to bring him to England. That record stands at £33m, paid by Juventus to Parma for legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon 16 years ago.
The paper reckon AC Milan are willing to sell the youngster for the right amount of money, with an expected fee of around £50m.
Is he worth that sort of cash or are resources better spent elsewhere to stave off any potential goalkeeping crisis?
Despite being just 18 years of age, Donnarumma has already made more than 60 appearances for Milan and has also won 3 caps for Italy. It’s very clear he has a lot of potential in the game.
This season he’s helped his club to 10 clean sheets, also shutting out Germany for the Italians in a 0-0 draw last November.
With Real Madrid reportedly after either David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois in the summer, a potential problem looms between the sticks at both United and Chelsea.
Meanwhile at Manchester City, their issues with goalkeepers this season has been well documented with Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero all looking like they have no long-term future at the club.
Given Donnarumma could give 10 years service at least should he join up, his reported transfer fee of £50m may well prove to be a bargain in the long-term as a solution to a key area of the pitch for all three clubs.