Mike Maignan is in goal at AC Milan next season. The keeper of the surprising French champion Lille took his medical tests on Tuesday at the Rossoneri. That more than likely marks the end of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s Milanese era.
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The chance that the champions team of Lille will be bought out next summer is very high. Trainer Christophe Galtier moves to Lyon, Nice or Napoli and goalkeeper Mike Maignan may follow him to Italy. Of all the keepers in the top European competitions, the 25-year-old Frenchman has kept his goal clean in most matches this season.
Milan has been linked with Maignan for a while and struck this week. The Frenchman landed in Milan to take his medical tests on Tuesday for a transfer to the number two in Serie A, who can finally participate in the Champions League again next season and would pay 15 million euros plus bonuses to Lille. Maignan would sign with Alexis Saelemakers’ club for five years and earn almost 3 million euros a year.
A piece of cake compared to the demands of Milan’s current number one, Gianluigi Donnarumma. The 22-year-old Italian, who has been playing in the first team since he was sixteen, is said to have asked 12 million euros a year to extend his expiring contract. Milan did not want to go beyond 8 million a year and so it will most likely have to let the Azzurri number one go as a free agent.
According to Italian media, rival Juventus is in the lead to bring in ‘Gigio’, as soon as Wojciech Szczesny is sold. Several English clubs would be interested in the Polish goalkeeper. Donnarumma could earn 10 million euros plus bonuses in Turin, an offer that manager Mino Raiola would agree to. Moreover, the Dutch could, as is often the case, earn a lot of money from the ‘free transfer’ of his client. There is a sum of between 15 and 20 million euros. Remarkable because a few weeks ago Donnarumma got into trouble with some Milanese hotheads, who demanded that the goalkeeper reject Juve.
Although FC Barcelona would also be lurking for Donnarumma, if Marc-André Ter Stegen wanted to visit other places. PSG has also long shown interest in the alleged successor to Gianluigi Buffon, just like Manchester United.