Manchester City are accelerating their interest in the player considered to be the best young goalkeeper in the world, Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Daily Mail reports.
18-year-old Donnarumma was first linked with a move to the Etihad all the way back in November, when Alessandro Alciato of Sky Italia claimed that City had positioned themselves ahead of over elite European clubs in the hunt for the teenager.
Since then, there have been other stories, but the names Ederson Moraes and Jordan Pickford have been more commonly mentioned as Pep Guardiola’s summer targets when he is expected to invest in a goalkeeper, with Claudio Bravo failing to impress since his move from FC Barcelona, and Willy Caballero out of contract and still unsure of his future.
The Mail reveals that City have stepped up their interest in Donnarumma, who has one year left on his contract and is struggling to agree new terms with Milan. Sensing an opportunity to land him at a bargain price, with a £30 million fee mooted, City see this as an opportunity to convince Donnarumma of their project.
The goalkeeping prodigy is represented by the infamous Mino Raiola, a man who has spoken negatively of Pep Guardiola in the past, but he has done business with Manchester City before as Mario Balotelli’s agent and spoke highly of the club.
Manchester United and Juventus are also credited with an interest in Donnarumma, who Milan are desperate not to lose. However, following up on long-term interest, it appears that Manchester City may now be pushing ahead with plans to land a young man many believe will be the best goalkeeper in the world some day.
Asked about Donnarumma at his press conference today, Guardiola said: “He is a top goalkeeper. Definitely. He has huge skill for 18.”
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