Manchester United have been given the go-ahead to sign AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The 17-year old goalkeeping prodigy has been hailed as one of the best goalkeeping talents in the football and has been linked with a move to several clubs following his senior debut this season.
Donnarumma has been likened to Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and has been backed to replace the Juventus goalkeeper in the national side in future. Italian source Tuttosport now claims that United are interested in the youngster and Milan are willing to sell their prized asset to balance their books.
According to the report, United have identified Donnarumma as a perfect replacement for Real Madrid-bound David de Gea. Man City and La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the player.
Milan value their player at £32m; however, recently the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, claimed that his client is worth at least £132.5m. “I’d compare him to a (piece by Italian artist Amadeo) Modigliani,” Raiola told Mediaset Premium.
“He’s worth €170m (£132.5m). He has a great future. He’s an extraordinary kid and everyone loves him. He’s already a little champion but he can become a great one.”
The Sun claims that Man Utd could let go midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin after just one season at the club. The French midfielder arrived in a £24 million move from Southampton last summer, but he has failed to live up to the expectations in his first season at Old Trafford.
United manager Louis Van Gaal’s future at the club is also far from certain. Jose Mourinho has been linked with the job at the club, and Schneiderlin’s future will very much depend on the manager-in-charge of the club next season.
The 26-year old has made 23 league appearances for the Red Devils this season and has scored one goal. Another player to have been linked with an exit from Old Trafford is veteran midfielder Michael Carrick.
The 34-year old is in the last year of his contract with the Red Devils and hasn’t been offered an extension yet. He said: “My contract is up and I’m not sure what’s happening yet.
“I haven’t heard anything just at the moment. Hopefully I will sometime soon. I am not making a big deal of it. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I am quite relaxed about it.”
The Mirror claims that Everton are looking to take advantage of the situation and wants to bring the experienced midfielder to Goodison Park.