Barcelona have been linked with a somewhat bizarre move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, and could sign him for free if he decides to leave the Rossoneri this summer.
Donnarumma has established himself as one of the most promising keepers on the planet since coming through the ranks at Milan and has made 250 appearances for the club despite only turning 22 in February.
He has captained the club for much of this season while Alessio Romagnoli has been out the team, and has remained a key figure under Stefano Pioli despite his contract status.
It’s widely expected that he will walk away for free next month, as negotiations with Milan over a new deal have hit a standstill. He’s been linked heavily with Chelsea in the past, while Manchester United and Real Madrid are among several teams who have been tipped to move for him on a pre-contract deal.
It is now being reported in Spain that Barcelona are considering an approach, after his agent Mino Raiola ‘presented him as an option’ to the Catalan giants. Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barça see him as an option that could ultimately raise some much needed revenue, as Marc-Andre ter Stegen could then be sold.
It’s said Barça aren’t actively trying to sell the German, but would consider a substantial offer if it arrived. The chances of that happening don’t seem great, however; he could be out injured for up to three months after he underwent knee surgery during the week.
Barcelona are still hopeful of having him back in time for the start of next season, but the chances of a top European club coming in with a substantial offer for a keeper in the midst of lengthy seem slim considering the current financial climate.
As for Donnarumma, there remains a chance that he could sign new terms with Milan, but Mundo note that that will only happen if they qualify for the Champions League. They sit in third at present, but a slip-up against Atalanta on Sunday could cost them if Juventus or Napoli win.