Marina Granovskaia begins negotiation to sign Kepa’s replacement who will become first choice for Chelsea

Chelsea have been linked with a move for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is out of contract with the Serie A club in the summer. There has been much speculation about the 22-year-old’s future and reports from Italy claim that the two parties remain some way off reaching an agreement.

According to Italian journalist Maurizio Pistocchi, Donnarumma’s agent Mino Raiola has rejected Milan’s latest contract offer, making a summer exit appear more likely.

The deal would have reportedly seen Donnarumma bank €8m per season but the player is said to want double that amount.

With Milan and Donnarumma so far apart, the player could depart the San Siro at the end of the season for free.

Despite the addition of Edouard Mendy in the summer to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea’s first-choice in between the sticks, the Blues are said to be interested in signing Donnarumma.

According to journalist Duncan Castles, both Chelsea and Manchester United have already made contact about a potential move.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said: “Our information is that both Chelsea and Manchester United have been in talks with Raiola about Donnarumma.

“It looks like Donnarumma has an opportunity to move to England, should he choose to.

“Accompanied by the commission that Raiola seeks and would want for free transfer of such a valuable asset.

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“There is an opportunity for either club and others to secure Donnarumma on a longer-term contract without their being a fee.”

With Mendy proving to be an upgrade on Arrizabalaga, should Donnarumma be brought in over the summer, it would surely spell the end of the Spaniard’s time at Chelsea.

He has been firmly established as second choice this season, making just four Premier League appearances.

The 26-year-old has lost his spot in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad, with Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez replacing him for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

“Robert has appeared in the Premier League and we have gathered information about him from previous years,” he said.

“He is a young player with a great deal of potential. An interesting player.

“We are delighted to bring him into the squad and that he can show us his potential.”

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