Premier League Everton might need to replace Jordan Pickford – how about AC Milan’s Serie A superstar Gianluigi Donnarumma?

If one of the world’s elite shot-stoppers is going to be available for as little as £23 million this summer, it seemed only a matter of time before Everton would enter the equation.

And before you all scoff in your numbers at the prospect of AC Milan super-kid Gianluigi Donnarumma competing with Jordan Pickford for a place in the Everton starting XI next season, although he would probably make rather light work of the erratic Englishman, there are a number of factors here which make a rather fanciful transfer rumour seem, well, possible.

First, there is the grandfatherly presence of Carlo Ancelotti on the Goodison touchline. Which Italian footballer worth his salt would not jump at the opportunity to work with one of the game’s most respected tacticians; a man who even won the Champions League with Donnarumma’s current employers?

Despite the allure of Ancelotti, however, it is the 21-year-old’s contract situation which should give Everton realistic hope that a quite remarkable bit of business can actually be completed (Gazetta dello Sport).

The row over Donnarumma’s future continues to rage at the San Siro with just one year remaining on his current deal. Milan,  one hand tied firmly behind their back, may now be forced to accept just £23 million for a man who has been their undisputed number one since the age of 16.

Even in these troubled times, Everton fans can afford to dream big.

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