Update on Gianluigi Donnarumma's AC Milan Future

Nov 28, 2020, 2:30 PM GMT
Gianluigi Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to be the cornerstone of an exciting Rossoneri era | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Milan are closing in on an agreement with star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma over a contract extension.

The 21-year-old's current deal at the club expires at the end of the season, meaning the Rossoneri have left it incredibly late to wrap up a new contract for their star shot-stopper.

Donnarumma has emerged as one of Serie A's finest goalkeepers after establishing himself as a regular in a declining Milan side as a 16-year-old during the 2015/16 campaign. He's gone on to become Italy's number one and has already made a remarkable 216 appearances in Rossoneri colours.

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Donnarumma has 22 caps for Italy | Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images

His impressive consistency has continued into 2020/21, with Milan enjoying a superb start to the season under Stefano Pioli. Donnarumma's kept three clean sheets in seven league appearances, conceding just five times, as his side currently top the table.

A priority of the Rossoneri this season, though, has been to ensure the precocious Donnarumma signs a new deal at the club, with Calcio Mercato reporting that a renewal is edging closer.

His is set to be worth €7m net per season, so a slight pay rise from the current €6m.

The report adds that the extension has been delayed due to the request of the Italian's agent, Mino Raiola, who wanted to ensure his client was signing for a competitive Milan, one able to contend for Scudetti and fight for silverware.

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Mino Raiola is thought to have delayed the process | Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

While Donnarumma is far from the peak of his career, it could be said that he's at a stage in his career where his stock might be at its highest, and from Raiola's viewpoint, the star 21-year-old simply couldn't continue to play for a side that wasn't playing regular Champions League football.

The Rossoneri, however, have shown since Pioli's and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's arrivals, that they're certainly on track in regard to re-establishing themselves among calcio royalty.