Italian goalkeeping sensation Gianluigi Donnarumma could be set for a move this summer after he told AC Milan he would not be signing a new contract.
Milan have made big moves this summer securing deals for Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie and Andre Silva.
A new deal for 18-year-old Donnarumma was next on the horizon, but he has shocked the club by confirming he is not signing a new deal.
“I preferred rather than to release a statement, considering the focus on the so-called Donnarumma case, that I would update you immediately on the meeting I just had a few minutes ago with Mino Raiola,” said CEO Marco Fassone confirmed in a press conference.
“Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan. It is a definitive decision, made by the player.
“We were taken by surprise, as we had confidently hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future that we could build the team around.”
Donnarumma is now emerging as one of the most wanted players in world football with Real Madrid strong favourites to land him – SkyBet making them 2/7 favourites ahead of Juventus (6/1), Paris Saint Germain (16/1) and Manchester United (25/1).
Our Football Insider Graeme Bailey told us: “Clearly this has taken Milan by surprise, they believed their extensive summer spending already would persuade Donnarumma, that at least his short-term future would be best served in MIlan.
“However, he has confirmed to them he will not sign and with a year left, it seems that they might be forced to sell – much will depend on the offers, if any, they receive.
“Real Madrid are clearly looking at goalkeepers, but deals for De Gea and Courtois look difficult, but now Donnarumma is clearly an easier option and there is little doubt he is right up there in terms of talent – with those two.”