Reports are rife that AC Milan will be willing to swap goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata this summer. It is believed that interests in the players from potential suitors have cooled off due to their valuation which is close to £61 million. Corriere dello Sport (h/t Lorenzo Bettoni at Calciomercato.com) have claimed that Milan are interested in a swap deal.
Chelsea’s number 1 goalie Thibaut Courtois’ future still remains uncertain at Stamford Bridge, and it has been reported that club has stopped contract renewal negotiations and may be preparing to sell the Belgian.
Therefore, Chelsea would need a top quality replacement for the Belgian if he leaves, and Donnaruma fits the bill. The Italian is just 19 and has garnered significant first-team experience at Milan, and is one of the best young goalkeepers presently in the game.
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AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli had initially admitted that the club could sell the teenager if they received an acceptable offer.
“We must protect Donnarumma and we’ll protect him to the end,” he said.
“After that, as with all the other players, we’ll see what happens. He is part of the club’s heritage and we wouldn’t let go of him easily, unless of course someone values him the way he must be valued. If a good enough offer arrived, any of our players could be sold. There are far richer clubs out there and we have to choose other paths.”
Morata is also believed to be unsettled at Chelsea after failing to make significant impact in his debut season, and reports have suggested that a return to Italy could be on the cards for the Spain international.