Here's why Europe's top clubs are battling over goalkeeping ace Gianluigi Donnarumma

Here's why Europe's top clubs are battling over goalkeeping ace Gianluigi Donnarumma

The 18-year-old goalkeeper is the lead story in both Marca and AS, with both sport papers theorising that his decision is somewhat based on Real Madrid's interest in signing him.

The goalkeeper's refusal to sign a new contract at AC Milan will undoubtedly have alerted Europe's top clubs, but who can realistically bring him in?

Donnarumma - whose contract expires next year - broke into the first team as a 16-year-old and has played nearly 70 times since.

Donnarumma is regarded as one of the most highly-rated young stoppers across Europe and has been tipped to eventually replace Gianluigi Buffon as the Italy national team number one as soon as the Juventus legend retires from the global scene. The offer on the table was a healthy €4.5 million per annum but with the club breaking records in their summer spending, it is not hard to understand why Raiola will have been wanting a little more for the most exciting goalkeeper in Europe.

"I preferred rather than to release a statement, considering the focus on the so-called Donnarumma case, that I would update you immediately on the meeting I just had a few minutes ago with Mino Raiola".

And Rossoneri fans did not hold back in their attacks on the gloveman. They look to cash him in for some money while they still can.

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The latest in terms of the goalkeeping position at Chelsea is that Thibaut Courtois remains the club's No.1 and the Belgian is expected to sign a new deal to reaffirm his commitment to the Blues. He made his debut in an International Champions Cup match against Real Madrid, replacing Lopez in the 72nd minute.

Milan were so confident of the player staying that they claimed even an offer in the region of €100 million wouldn't be enough to acquire the player's services.

"Looking at his young age and what he's done, he's shown he has great quality". He will be Buffon's replacement in the national team and he has become the best player of his club.

Just a year on though, and things have changed dramatically - with Donnarumma potentially leaving to PSG or Real Madrid this summer as opposed to leaving for a free in a year's time.

He started off as a third choice keeper behind Diego Lopez and Christian Abbiati after his promotion into the first team squad.

If Donnarumma is to leave, he has to end up somewhere else.