AC Milan goalie Gianluigi Donnarumma has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent times. ESPN FC pundit and ex-West Ham United keeper Shaka Hislop has weighed in on the situation and has advised the Italian youngster to make a switch to Stamford Bridge during this summer transfer period.
It is understood that the Blues could lose their no.1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the coming weeks as Real Madrid are looking to snap him up ahead of the new season. The West London side has lost the battle to recruit Alisson Becker from AS Roma, who has joined Liverpool earlier this week.
Some sources have recently claimed that there could be a major swap deal on the cards that would see Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata head to AC Milan, with Donnarumma going in the opposite direction. Shake Hislop believes that it would be a mutually beneficial move for both teams if such a deal could take place this summer. He was quoted to have said, “That makes a lot of sense in terms of the swap. Donnarumma, his talent, his age. I think he needs a move away from AC Milan.
“As good as he’s been, I just feel he may be one error from the fans turning against him again, giving everything that has gone on over the last couple of seasons with his new contract, with his brother. I just feel there’s a lot of history and a lot of back story there.
“He may have the fans, as fickle as they can be, turn against him rather quickly. Maybe he needs pastures new, so it makes a whole lot of sense.”
The West London giants had a poor season by their standards the last term when they only managed to finish in the 5th spot of the league table. However, a new campaign brings renewed hope so Maurizio Sarri’s team should look to bring in some young talents like Donnarumma in this window so that they have a strong squad capable of challenging in all competitions next term.
The addition of Donnarumma will definitely bolster Chelsea’s goalkeeping options at Stamford Bridge. The London outfit currently has the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero vying for a place in Sarri’s first XI. If Courtois leaves, the potential acquisition of Donnarumma will undoubtedly improve their team and add more competition for places within the Chelsea squad.
At 19, the Italian keeper has a long way to go if he wants to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the world. He will definitely be a worthy addition for the Blues ahead of the new season. Donnarumma had made 53 appearances last season, conceding 55 goals while keeping 21 clean sheets across all competitions. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Donnarumma and whether he ends up sealing a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.