AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini has confirmed that Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the club this summer as a free agent.
Donnarumma has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent months, with his contract situation at Milan far from certain, but now a definitive decision has been made.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper has established himself as one of the most promising shot-stoppers in European football during his six-year spell in Milan’s first team.
However, he will now be available for a free transfer – and that is something that could interest the Blues, with speculation they are interested in his services.
Maldini said on the official AC Milan Twitch channel : “He was a protagonist, a leader and often a captain.
“A professional must also be ready to change his shirt,” Maldini continued. “It is increasingly difficult to start a career in one place and finish it there.
“We must thank those who gave so much for Milan and Gigio did it, without ever disrespecting the club. Our paths divide here and I can only wish him the best.”
Milan are now expected to complete the signing of Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan to replace the outgoing Donnarumma, according to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea currently have Edouard Mendy in between the posts, with the former Rennes goalkeeper enjoying a fine debut season in the Premier League.
But the chance to sign the Italian shot-stopper on a free transfer may be something that is too good to refuse.
Manchester United have also been credited with an interest in Donnarumma, as well as Arsenal and Tottenham.
Source by Football London