Raiola Tells Milan Donnarumma Won’t Sign £100k-A-Week Deal
Size Of Release Clause Believed To Be The Problem
The agent of AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has informed the Serie A side that the 18-year-old is refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club.
Donnarumma is about to enter the final year of his contract with Milan and has been offered a new deal worth €3.2million a year after tax – that’s the equivalent of just under £100,000 a week gross.
His agent Mino Raiola arrived at Milan’s office in the city centre at shortly before 5pm local time this afternoon. By 5.30pm Milan chief executive Marco Fassone was telling reporters that he had been informed of the decision not to sign.
“Mino Raiola has informed me of the decision of Donnarumma not to renew. It’s a final decision,” said Fassone. “We trusted that Gigio was the goalkeeper of the new Milan, the pillar on which to build but we have to revise our assessments.
“In recent days, sporting director Mirabelli had proposed a major renewal to the player. This decision, taken by the player with his agent, aren’t pleasant, but we go forward, Milan goes on.”
It is believed that the size of the release clause, rather than wages, is the main sticking point between the two parties. Milan want to insert a buyout clause of €100million (£88million) in the new contract. Raiola wanted much less.
Donnarumma is now likely to leave the club this summer. He has been linked with Serie A champions Juventus as well as Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City.
But Milan may opt to allow him to see out the final year of his contract sitting in the stands at the San Siro. It is an option that is actively being considered. However, it would cost Milan a huge amount of money in lost transfer fees.
Real Madrid remain the favourites to sign the youngster. Although the players at the Bernabeu want president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane to keep faith with Keylor Navas, Perez is likely to over-ride those issues if Donnarumma is on the market this summer.
However, it is likely mean the end of Real’s interest in Manchester United keeper David De Gea.