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.
€20m – €25m?
For which arm?
— John Potts #NUFC (@johnpottm) March 19, 2020
Will probably have to pay more than €25 million!
— Paul (@kipperefc1878) March 19, 2020
this happens. Pickfords been horrendous all season.
— paul coplen (@coppo241177) March 19, 2020
That price doesn’t sound right unless he’s gonna pocket about +£200k a week
— Philip McHale (@PhilMcBoobs) March 19, 2020
What’s happened to him to go that cheap ? Last I heard he was supposed to become one of the best keepers in the world.
— darryl Challice (@daggsy1878) March 19, 2020
Imagine the scenes
— Cam (@CamMurray78) March 19, 2020
He’s the highest rated young keeper in the world. He’s physically larger and more capable of commanding his box than Pickford.
My fear would be his commitment to Everton. If there’s one thing you can’t fault JP on, he’s vocally loyal to EFC.
— Sebastian Ferns (@sebastian_ferns) March 19, 2020
€20-25m sounds far too cheap for Donnarumma to me. Is he nearing the end of his contract or something? I’d have thought around £100m
— Mark Langshaw (@MarkLangshaw) March 19, 2020
Pay them €35m/€40m to secure his signature. He’s class.
— Carlo’s L4 Azurri (@Dignes_on_toast) March 19, 2020