Paris St Germain have reportedly signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is available on a free after deciding not to extend his contract with AC Milan. The 22-year-old goalkeeper is regarded as one of the finest. Yet, Milan were unable to agree on an extension that would see the Italy international remain at the San Siro.
Donnarumma came through the ranks at Milan and made his debut for the team when he was only 16. Over the years, there have been frequent transfer rumours linking him with a switch away from Milan, who had been struggling to even reach the Champions League on a regular basis.
According to the Sun (via journalist Duncan Castles), Donnarumma is keen on signing for PSG. However, the French outfit only recently gave a new contract to first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The Costa Rican has been a regular for the club in his two seasons since coming from Real Madrid in 2019.
The competition for places means that Donnarumma will be loaned back to an Italian club – at least for the season.
Donnarumma has clearly stated that his preference would be to play in the Champions League next season. This certainly reduces his options quite a lot, as only Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, and Juventus were able to achieve Champions League qualification. Since he will not return to Milan, a move to Juve appears to be a strong possibility. Juve’s veteran goalkeeper Buffon will be leaving for a second time and that this would leave new boss Massimiliano Allegri with Wojciech Szczęsny as the first choice.
The move to Paris is certainly not a done deal, as Donnarumma has attracted the attention of every top club across Europe. Barcelona, who are cash-strapped at the moment, are reportedly ready to bring the young Italian as a replacement for Marc Andre ter Stegen, who is regarded as an ‘untouchable’.