No matter what the outside opinion is of Gianluigi Donnarumma, both the 22-year-old goalkeeper and his agent-to-the-stars Mino Raiola agree on this: They want the big Italian to get paid in the next few months. AC Milan have offered him a very respectable contract, and that still hasn’t been deemed enough by Donnarumma and Raiola alike.
By now, the fact that Milan and Donnarumma’s camp are at a standstill with contract talks is no breaking news. Because of that, there is now growing amount of skepticism at Milan as to whether a contract with their talented goalkeeper will actually get done.
That is what Sky Sport Italia told us on Tuesday, which adds that there are currently no discussions of a contract extension going on between Milan and Donnarumma’s camp. So, paired with a report from Gianluca Di Marzio later in the day that said Donnarumma has his eyes set on playing Champions League football next season, that has things a little uncertain at Milanello. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s bound for Juventus, though, seeing as both Juventus and Milan are far from certainties to play in the Champions League next season things are understandably completely up in the air right now.
In recent days, Milan have reportedly lined up a potential Donnarumma replacement if the young Italian does head out this summer. Milan and Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan have reportedly agreed to personal terms on a contract through 2026 worth €3 million a season. If a transfer does happen, it’s been reported that Maignan would cost Milan in the neighborhood of €18 to €20 million.
But, of course, all of this is dependent on Donnarumma leaving Milan.
Same goes for Wojciech Szczesny leaving Juventus and paving the way for Donnarumma to take over as the starter in goal in Turin next season.
As of right now, the Donnarumma situation seems more like if Milan will budge from their current offer of €7 million plus another €1 million in bonuses and try to meet the Italian’s demands. If they up the offer and get into the €10 million range, then there’s probably a good chance that he stays in Milan. But if they don’t and if Milan’s bound for the Europa League again, then there’s probably a chance that the Donnarumma-to-Juventus rumors intensify once the season is over.
There’s a lot hinging on Champions League qualification for both clubs — both on the field and, maybe more importantly, in the bank accounts. And now, on top of that, Donnarumma’s status looks to be tied to what European competition Milan will be playing in. No pressure, right?