22-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has decided against signing a new contract with the Italian side and will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the 2020/21 season, club director Paolo Maldini confirmed.
The Italian goalkeeper joined the club in 2013 and made his debut for the club aged just 16 in 2015. He has been a mainstay in the team for the past 6 years, earning the number 1 shirt and also captaining the club despite his tender years. He has made more appearances (215) than any other player in the Serie A since his debut and has become the Italian national team’s first-choice goalkeeper. The Neapolitan helped AC Milan reach their first UEFA Champions League since 2013/14 this season.
AC Milan have stated that his insistence to request for a high salary as well as his agent, Mino Raiola’a influence on the deal made it impossible to move forward with the young keeper, and they have since agreed a €13 million deal to bring title-winning Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan to the San Siro as a replacement for Donnarumma. The French keeper has already had his medicals at the club and is expected to join up with his new teammates after the European Championship.