With his current contract expiring in 2021, Milan will be eager to secure a renewal for Gianluigi Donnarumma this summer to try and extend his stay at the club.
The 21-year-old has established himself as a pivotal figure in the side since making his breakthrough in the 2015/16 campaign, going on to already rack up 190 appearances.
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With his entire career ahead of him still and having consistently made decisive saves while showing more maturity and experience this season to cut out mistakes, it’s arguably imperative that we keep him at the club for the foreseeable future rather than have to cash in on him to avoid the threat of losing him on a free.
As reported by Calciomercato, via the paper edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, it’s suggested that the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic is likely to make it impossible for interested parties to make an offer for Donnarumma this summer which will meet Milan’s demands of over €40m.
In turn, it’s noted that the most viable option at this stage is that he signs a contract renewal, which would see Donnarumma continue to earn €6m-a-year but with his deal only extended for between one to two years.
While it’s suggested that Donnarumma would prefer a long-term renewal to commit his future to the Rossoneri, this would arguably be the smart solution for now as it dismisses the threat of losing him for nothing next year, strengthens our position in terms of the fee that we can demand for him and gives both parties more time and an opportunity to again assess the situation and consider a longer deal next summer.
Much of that will naturally depend on our performances and results on the pitch, as if we’re able to break back into the top four next year, that would surely give Donnarumma even more reason to stay as the club would finally be moving in the right direction.