Gianluigi Donnarumma has reportedly turned down a contract extension offer from AC Milan, which in turn could put the club under pressure as his suitors come forward in droves.
Donnarumma, 18, made 68 Serie A appearances for the Rossoneri and four for Italy since making his breakthrough in October 2015, and some outstanding performances have attracted global interest.
Amongst the potential suitors are Italian champions Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, all of whom has expressed interest in the teenager who has just one year left on his current contract.
However, this timing would complicate matters as Milan attempts to rebuild their squad after finishing sixth in Serie A.
While they are guaranteed Europa League game time next season and had brought in recruits such as Andre Silva and Ricardo Rodriguez, they will have to invest additional funds for a goalkeeper should Donnarumma elects to leave the club this summer.
Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport quoted the Milan club director Marco Fassone: “We are disheartened. [Donnarumma’s agent] Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision.”
“We were confident that Gigio would be the goalkeeper of this new Milan; a pillar upon which we would build, but now we have to re-evaluate everything. (But) this decision, taken by the player and his agent, is disappointing, but we have to move on; Milan move on.”
“We were really hoping that Gigio would be the goalkeeper of the new-look Milan team, a pillar of what we are building here,” Fassone added. “But we will have to reevaluate things. This decision, taken by the player and his agent, makes us sad but we must move forward, Milan must move forward.”