Report: Transfer hope for Chelsea as AC Milan identify replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma - The Chelsea Chronicle

Report: Transfer hope for Chelsea as AC Milan identify replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma

AC Milan are reportedly monitoring Sporting Lisbon’s Luis Maximiano as a potential replacement for Gianluigi Donnarumma amid Chelsea links.

Milan are up against the wall regarding Donnarumma’s contract situation.

The 21-year-old’s contract will expire in summer 2021 and time is not on Milan’s favour in negotiating a new deal

The Rossoneri may be forced to cash in this summer with the goalkeeper being heavily linked to a summer move to Chelsea.

According to a report from Portuguese publication O Jogo, Milan are expecting Donnarumma’s possible departure and have set their sight on Portuguese young talent Luis Maximiano.

Maximiano broke into Sporting’s first team this season and has been an established first-choice goalkeeper since November.

The report also said Milan will face competition from Inter Milan for the 21-year-old’s signature.

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This would be a major boost to Chelsea in their pursuit of Donnarumma.

A previous report from Tuttosport claimed Chelsea are prepared to offer a five-year-deal worth €40million (€8million per season).

Frank Lampard has had his doubts on his current first-choice goalkeeper Kepa Arizzabalaga. The Spain international spent six games on the sidelines after a poor performance in a London derby against Arsenal in December.

Meanwhile, Lampard’s back-up goalkeeper Willy Caballero is entering the final months of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

The 38-year-old has been a great servant to the club but with his age, it is unlikely that Chelsea will offer him another one-year-deal like at the end of last season.

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