Tuesday April 25 2017
Milan struggle for Donnarumma deal

Mino Raiola is reportedly playing hardball over Gigio Donnarumma’s Milan renewal, with interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper has been the Rossoneri’s number 1 since the age of 16, and he is seen as Gianluigi Buffon’s heir in the national team.

However, his contract is expiring in the summer of 2018 and so far he is yet to agree on a new contract with the club.

According to this morning’s Gazzetta dello Sport his agent, Mino Raiola, is playing hardball over the deal and is in no rush to sit down for talks.

While the Diavolo are keen to get around the table as soon as possible, the agent is happy to wait until the summer, in order to understand the project of the new Chinese owners.

Milan are offering a contract until 2022, which would see Donnarumma’s wage rise from €160,000 per season to €3.2m, with a series of bonuses which would gradually take it even higher.

Despite that, Raiola wants to be convinced of the on-field prospects of the club before tying his client to a long-term deal.

In addition, Gazzetta believes that there are offers on the table which would see the goalkeeper earn far more.

David De Gea could leave Manchester United in the summer, and it’s thought the Red Devils would be willing to offer around €7.5m per season.

Manchester City and Real Madrid could also be interested, and would offer a similar wage packet.

So far the Rossoneri have been unwilling to even consider offers, but if Donnarumma declared his intention to leave they would probably accept offers of around €50m, rather than lose him for free in 2018.

Juventus are also thought to be interested, but Buffon will play at least one more season and the Diavolo would likely refuse to sell to the Old Lady.

Backing up reports yesterday, the newspaper also reports that a renewal is possible without significant investment in the squad, but in that case Raiola would demand a big sell-on fee.

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