Manchester City have positioned themselves ahead of other elite European clubs in the race to sign AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, according to Sky Italia journalist Alessandro Alciato.
The 17-year-old, who already starts for Milan and won his first cap at senior level for Italy recently, is widely regarded as the best teenage goalkeeper in the world, and the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Juventus have been linked with a move for the player.
However, according to Sky, City have taken ‘important steps’ to securing his signature in recent hours and could follow up with a formal bid in the coming months.
City have recruited some of the most promising young talents in football recently, including Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Oleksandr Zinchenko, and adding Donnarumma to the ranks would be a major coup.
City’s first-choice goalkeeping target last summer was 24-year-old Marc-André ter Stegen, so Guardiola and the club had a young ‘keeper in mind before signing 33-year-old Claudio Bravo, and may be thinking long-term with any interest in Donnarumma. One of England’s most promising young goalkeepers, Angus Gunn, is also on the books and has been progressing well.
AC Milan, with their new Chinese ownership, want to keep Donnarumma and make him part of their long-term plans, but the interest of City could complicate matters.
Donnarumma is represented by Mino Raiola, who has poor relations with Pep Guardiola, and could be leaking City’s name to get his client a better deal, something that has happened in the past.
Sky Italia seem quite certain, though, that City’s interest in the wonderkid is serious and this story could develop over the coming months.
Check out some of Donnarumma’s saves: