AC Milan is allegedly close to signing Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan. The goalkeeper is due to undergo a medical on Tuesday. The transfer could see Gianluigi Donnarumma’s stay at the San Siro come to an end.
The impressive Maignan, 25, has been earmarked as a long-term heir to the retiring Donnarumma. Les Dogues secured the Ligue 1 title with a final-day victory over Angers at the weekend. Fresh from the festivities, Maignan flew to Milan on Monday evening. He is scheduled to sign the €15 million (£13 million) deal soon, according to Sky Italia. Lille, the unlikely winners, are expecting a mass departure this summer. Maignan, who has a year left on his contract, is the first to depart.
Maignan’s New Contract With Milan
According to the same source, Maignan’s new contract with Milan will last four years. Maignan is secured if Donnarumma, who came up from the Italian club’s youth ranks, leaves. Both sides are thought to have settled on a price for Maignan for a couple of weeks. Milan wanted more time to try to work out a contract extension for first-choice stopper Donnarumma.
However, time is running out, and the pursuit of Maignan has accelerated in recent hours.
Donnarumma seems to be on the verge of ending his eight-year association with Milan. Since joining the club in 2013, the 22-year-old made his first-team debut in 2015. He was just 16 years old and has since made 251 appearances across all competitions.
According to sources, Milan gave Donnarumma an ultimatum to get him to sign a new contract before the end of the season. The new contracts, worth €8 million a year did not satisfy the expectations of agent Mino Raiola. Raiola is said to have demanded at least €10 million a year in addition to a commission of about €20 million. There will be plenty of speculation in Donnarumma, with Barcelona being one of the clubs rumored to be interested.
According to AS, the LaLiga giants are planning to make a goalkeeping move after Marc-Andre ter Stegen has had a tough season.
According to another source, Juventus may also be interested in signing Donnarumma. They may be willing to pay a significant salary increase to do so.
Last month, the specifics were prominently displayed on the front page of one of Corriere Dello Sport’s Saturday editions.