Paris Saint-Germain are close to signing Gianluigi Donnarumma on a free transfer this summer.
According to reports from Sky Sports, PSG are closing in on the signing of the Italy goalkeeper.
The 22-year-old will ask for the #99 shirt at PSG, while first-choice keeper Keylor Navas will stay at the French club.
Popular football journalist, Fabrizio Romano, tweeted yesterday:
PSG are set to complete the signing of Gianluigi Donnarumma in the next hours, Juventus are out of the race – he’s gonna ask Paris for n99 shirt. To be clear: Keylor Navas is staying. 🧤🇫🇷 #PSG
Wijnaldum contract until 2024 has been already signed, medicals now then done deal.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 7, 2021
The goalkeeper is leaving AC Milan upon the expiry of his deal at the end of the month. He will join PSG as a free agent.
Milan had been locked in talks with Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola for several months, but the Serie A giants couldn’t reach an amicable agreement with the player.
Excerpt from Sky Sports: “PSG are understood to have offered Donnarumma a five-year deal with wages of around 12 million Euros (£10.3m) per year plus add-ons and will win the race to sign the goalkeeper should Barcelona not match or better their bid.
“Donnarumma is currently on international duty with Italy and could undergo a medical at the national team’s Coverciano training base before their opening Euro 2020 match against Turkey in Rome on Friday.”
The news will come as a blow for both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Italian publication TuttoSport claimed this week that a trio of London clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs – are keen to sign Donnarumma.
Arsenal and Spurs badly needed the services of the Italy goalkeeper, but it seems they have to look for options elsewhere.
Tottenham: Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris has entered the final 12 months of his contract, and doubts remain over his long-term stay at the club.
He is 34, and Spurs need to sign a long-term replacement of the Frenchman.
Arsenal: Bernd Leno has been the first-choice keeper, but he struggled last season. There are suggestions that he could leave the club this summer.
With Arsenal operating on a tight budget, getting Donnarumma on a free transfer would have been ideal for them.
It seems the lure of money and European football have turned his head.
He will be earning a huge amount at PSG, and it’s really a shame for both Spurs and Arsenal that they couldn’t pull off a deal.