Manchester United move ahead in race to sign AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma
Manchester United are hot favourites to sign AC Milan’s £40million wonder-keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma .
But they could face a battle with cross-town rivals City, who are also on the Italian teenager’s trail.
United have been watching the youngster – who has made 55 appearances for the Serie A club – all season.
Manager Jose Mourinho is keen to make a contingency plan in case David De Gea decides he wants a return to Spain after Real Madrid’s botched attempt to sign the 26-year-old keeper on summer deadline day in 2015. But Mourinho’s European scouts are all over Naples-born Donnarumma, who has exploded on the scene in Serie A in dramatic style.
Donnarumma – who was 18 yesterday – broke into the Milan first team last season, making his Serie A debut at 16 years 242 days against Sassuolo to become the second youngest keeper to play in Italy’s top division.
He also broke the record as the youngest to play in Italy’s Under-21 side at 17 years 28 days a year ago.
His displays for Milan have captured the attention of the top clubs in Europe. Thirteen-time Scudetto winners Milan are no longer the financial powerhouse they once were and clubs such as Real Madrid, United, City and Paris Saint-Germain could make them an offer they would find hard to resist.
With United privately accepting they will one day lose De Gea to Madrid, City have more immediate goalkeeping problems with Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero less than convincing this season.
City have talented Angus Gunn, son of former Norwich keeper Bryan, waiting in the wings – but Donnarumma’s increasing Serie A experience has alerted Pep Guardiola.
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