Chelsea eyeing Donnarumma free transfer to solve keeper woes

Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the situation of AC Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma ahead of a potential free transfer.

The Italian shot-stopper is out of contract at the end of the season and could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

AC Milan have offered Donnarumma a huge new deal but the player is holding out for a bigger salary.

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According to Eurosport, Chelsea are continuing to monitor his situation closely.

They will make a move if no contract is agreed in the coming months.

Under the Bosman ruling, Chelsea are allowed to offer him a contract now that he is in the final six months of his current deal.

Donnarumma has become one of the world’s top keepers since making his debut aged just 16.

He’s made 235 appearances for AC Milan and is also the youngest keeper to play for Italy.

Donnarumma has emerged as Chelsea’s top target to solve their woes in goal.

The Blues signed Spanish keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in August 2018 for a club record £71million fee.

But he’s failed to live up to the high expectations and is no longer the club’s long-term option.

Chelsea also signed Edouard Mendy from Rennes in September.

He’s enjoyed a better start to life at Stamford Bridge than Arrizabalaga but also isn’t seen as their future number one.

That means Donnarumma is the man most likely to join Stamford Bridge this summer.

Club scouts, alongside manager Thomas Tuchel, are thought to be big admirers of the player.

He is a commanding and reliable keeper who would provide at least ten years of service to the club.

If Chelsea miss out on the chance to sign him for free, then they might have to spend almost £100million on him in the future.

Owner Roman Abramovich is known to spend big when it comes to world class players.

Chelsea spent over £200million last summer in an attempt to win the Premier League title.

Their latest superstar, however, could be brought to Stamford Bridge on a free.

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