AC Milan are ready to lower their asking price significantly for their keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer. According to recent reports, Liverpool are eager to land the talented goalkeeping sensation as they look to strengthen their squad depth ahead of the new season.
At the mere age of 19, Donnarumma is already being touted to be the long-term replacement for Gianluigi Buffon in the Italy national squad. It was reported earlier this year that the Milan side were looking for a fee in the region of £61m for their prized asset. However, some sources are now claiming that the Serie A giants are ready to drop their valuation of the teenage keeper.
It is believed that AC Milan are now demanding a fee around £35m as they are in desperate need to raise some funds after going through another difficult season in the Italian top-flight. The club’s Chinese owners splashed the cash last summer by putting in £150m in transfer funds. However, the gamble didn’t pay off for them as the Milan side finished 6th in the league table.
Their failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League could now pave the way for Donnarumma to make a switch away from the San Siro during this ongoing transfer period. It has also been suggested that the Reds will launch an official bid for the Italian international this month.
The Merseyside club are currently preparing for a crucial match against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday so any attempt for Donnarumma would only take place after that encounter.
The potential acquisition of Donnarumma will undoubtedly strengthen their team significantly and add more competition for places within Jurgen Klopp’s squad. Liverpool have the likes of Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward competing for a starting berth in Klopp’s first-team. However, none of their goalkeepers have been able to put in a run of consistent performances in the Reds goal which has been a major cause for concern.
At 19, Donnarumma still has his peak years ahead of him which the Reds could look to utilise in the near future. The Italian goalie has a lot of time to grow and develop his game so that he can be ready to play on a high-level week in week out.
Only time will tell what lies ahead in the future of the Serie A shot-stopper and whether he ends up sealing a move to Anfield this summer.