Chelsea may find themselves walking down a road they’ve previously trodden on if they were to make a move for Gianluigi Donnarumma.

AC Milan’s talented goalkeeper is out of contract in June, with no real indication that he will sign a new deal.

This of course piqued Chelsea’s interest, as is their obsession with buying the biggest, brightest and best names in world football.

Eurosport reported that the Blues had been monitoring Donnarumma’s situation with Milan for some time, as they start to shape up their summer transfer plans.

AC Milan v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Round Of 16 Leg Two
MILAN, ITALY – MARCH 18: Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan reacts during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between AC Milan and Manchester United at San Siro on March 18, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Europe remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

Purchasing a new striker and centre-back seem like the top priority.

However, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy may see it as a wasted opportunity if they didn’t snatch up Milan’s 22-year-old ‘keeper on a free for next season.

But signing Donnarumma would certainly leave Chelsea in a sticky situation.

Firstly, they would have to try offload on of the three senior goalies from the club.

Edouard Mendy is definitely staying put.

This means it would be a straight toss-up between Willy Caballero and Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the latter tipped to be the unfortunate fall guy.

 

Offloading Kepa won’t be easy.

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Barnsley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

His performances have left a lot for possible suitors to be desired.

As will the Spaniards current wage bill at Chelsea, which stands at £150,000-a-week (Spotrac).

If the Blues fail to relieve Kepa but also make a space for Donnarumma, they would then have to decide who will be the No.1.

Mendy has done very little wrong since arriving from Rennes last October and should feel rightly wounded if he was replaced by a younger, shinier model.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 08: Edouard Mendy of Chelsea in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on March 08, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Donnarumma’s demands to be first choice places Thomas Tuchel in an uncomfortable position.

A possible solution could be to go down the Thibaut Courtois route.

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GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 25: Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea celebrates as Didier Drogba of Chelsea (not pictured) scores their fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between FC Schalke 04 and Chelsea FC at Veltins-Arena on November 25, 2014 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The towering Belgium joined Chelsea from Genk in 2011 as a highly rated, up and coming ‘keeper.

At that time, Petr Cech was still at the peak of his powers, so Courtois was instantly sent on loan to Atletico Madrid.

He thrived in Spain and after three successful seasons, returned to London to take over the reins from Cech.

Although Donnarumma might not like the idea of being immediately released, it could be in the best interest of all parties.

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