Chelsea are monitoring Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract situation at AC Milan amid “a small element of doubt” over a new contract agreement, according to Eurosport.
The 22-year-old has arguably been Milan’s most valuable asset in the recent years and is expected to prolong his stay at the club.
But his contract has now entered its final three months, and Eurosport claims that there is no breakthrough over a new deal.
Eurosport also claims that Chelsea are considering signing a new goalkeeper despite Edouard Mendy’s arrival last summer.
A new centre-back and a new striker remain Chelsea’s top priority in the upcoming transfer window, according to the report.
But they would not miss an opportunity to sign one of the best shot-stoppers if the opportunity arises.
Donnarumma is reportedly looking for €10.5million (£9.1m) a year on his next contract — and Chelsea are likely willing to pay that if Milan refuse to.
The report also mentioned that Chelsea are looking to offload Kepa Arrizabalaga in the summer which could leave space for a new goalkeeper to compete with Mendy.
Mendy has been one of the best signings this summer, but signing Donnarumma on a free transfer is an opportunity that no club would want to miss.
The Italy international is also far younger than Mendy who just turned 29 this month.
The reported £9.1m wage demand on a five-year contract, for example, would also be cheaper than Arrizabalaga’s £71.6m transfer fee (The Guardian).