Would Pickford or AC Milan sensation be a better buy for Man City?

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goal

Would Sunderland's Jordan Pickford or Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan be the best option for Manchester City?

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goalSunderland's Jordan Pickford celebrates after Patrick van Aanholt scores their first goal

For Manchester City a new goalkeeper is a priority this summer, with Claudio Bravo failing to impress after joining from Barcelona, Joe Hart expected to leave and Willy Caballero out of contract.

City manager Pep Guardiola has very specific requirements from what he wants from a 'keeper, with the Spaniard liking them to be comfortable on the ball and buildup play to begin from the back. It was what cost Hart his place this season.

There are two young stoppers that have impressed in 2016/17 that are reported to be on Guardiola's radar, but which would be the best fit at the Etihad Stadium?

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Despite only turning 18 in February, the teenager has now been first choice at AC Milan for two seasons, already clocking up 70 first team appearances for the Serie A outfit.

"Donnarumma is a top, top goalkeeper, definitely," Guardiola said of the youngster, as quoted by Football Italia.

"He's big, he has huge skill for 18 years old."


Donnarumma has been favourably compared to Manuel Neuer for his willingness to be involved in buildup play, while his reflexes and shot-stopping ability are superb, and his positioning and command of his area show a confidence and maturity beyond his years.

Perhaps the £30m the Daily Mail say the Citizens are readying for the Italy international would be money well spent?

Jordan Pickford

City are also reportedly looking a little closer to home to solve their problems between the sticks, with the Daily Star saying the two-time Premier League winners are prepared to match Sunderland's valuation of more than £20m for Pickford.

Although five years Donnarumma's senior at 23, he does not have the same experience as the Italian having only broken into the Black Cats starting XI on a regular basis this term.

Sunderland's Jordan Pickford saves from Tottenham's Erik LamelaSunderland's Jordan Pickford saves from Tottenham's Erik Lamela

His talent is unquestionable, though, and he too is particularly excellent at shot-stopping, while coming through the ranks at the Stadium of Light means he would meet the homegrown criteria.

Pickford's other standout ability is his distribution, picking out strikers on the run again and again, but that is a skill that suits a direct style whereas Guardiola prefers patient and precise buildup play.

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