Man United hold Donnarumma talks, prepared to pay £43m

Manchester United have held talks with Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent and are prepared to pay £43m for the AC Milan goalkeeper, according to Italian outlet CalcioMercato.

What’s the word?

Jose Mourinho is set for another extravagant spending spree in the summer transfer window and it could see the Red Devils sign a new number one, as the Portuguese boss has a contingency plan if long-term Real Madrid target David De Gea leaves.

Links speculating that the Spaniard could move to the Santiago Bernabeu will not go away and Mourinho has identified an alternative option to De Gea in the form of teenage AC Milan sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Having just turned 18, the goalkeeper already boasts an impressive 56 Serie A appearances for AC Milan and is earmarked as the successor to Gianluigi Buffon’s spot in the Italian national team. As such, interest in his services is high but United have made their move.

Raiola’s connection

Manchester United are reported to have used their connections with super-agent Mino Raiola to discuss the future of Gianluigi Donnarumma, having worked with Raiola last summer to orchestrate the transfers of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.

AC Milan have no intention of cashing in on their young prodigy but their continued takeover has left Donnarumma waiting in the dark for a new deal, boosting Manchester United’s chances of landing his signature.

The Italian giants would earn a bumper pay-day from a deal though as it’s reported United are prepared to pay a whopping £43m for the teenager, whilst offering him wages of £1.2m-a-year at Old Trafford.