Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s top clubs on high alert after choosing against renewing his AC Milan contract.
The 18-year-old has made over 70 appearances for the Rossoneri since making a surprise breakthrough in October 2015 and many fine performances have attracted attention from high places.
Serie A champions Juventus, LaLiga winners Real Madrid and Premier League club Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the young stopper and he appears to be on his way out of San Siro following an announcement by Milan on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, the club CEO Marco Fassone said: “Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan.
“We had made a strong proposal. The player evaluated it and made some evaluations that were not just economic, but he told us that he does not wish to renew the contract and his time with Milan will therefore conclude by June 30, 2018.
“We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”
Donnarumma became the second-youngest goalkeeper ever to debut in Serie A in 2015, aged 16 years and 242 days.
He also broke the record as the youngest Italy under-21 player ever to play, aged 17 years and 28 days in March 2016. Six months later, he made his senior international debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for Italy, aged 17 years and 189 days.