Chelsea held negotiations with 22-year-old Serie A shot-stopper

The London giants have made their first move to secure the services of Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer transfer window. Chelsea are set to offer a €10.5m-a-year contract to Italy international, who is also a target for PSG.

Gianluigi has come a long way since making his Milan debut aged just 16. Still just 22, Donnarumma is a pivotal figure for club and country while also having established himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe.

Till date, the 22-year-old goalkeeper has played 236 games for the Rossoneri while also turning out 22 times for Italy. However, the Italian goalkeeper’s future at San Siro is highly uncertain as things stand, considering he is in the final months of his current deal with Milan, with progress over a renewal being slow.

His situation has alerted a number of clubs including Blues. The London giants have signed a shot-stopper in each of the last two summer transfer windows, with Kepa Arrizabalaga arriving at the London club in 2019 before Edouard Mendy was brought in last year.

It is Kepa’s frailties between the sticks that prompted Chelsea to enter the market for a goalkeeper ahead of the campaign, and it has been suggested that the Spaniard could leave the club this summer.

To that end, Gianluigi is someone worth pursuing the Blues, especially considering he will not cost anything if he does decide to snub a deal offer from the Rossoneri. In fact, the Italian goalkeeper would even be an upgrade on Mendy, who has shown some vulnerabilities in his game at times.