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Milan lining up Lille goalkeeper as the Donnarumma replacement

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AC Milan have reportedly tied up a deal with LOSC Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan as a replacement of Gianluigi Donnarumma for the next season. 

The young Italian international goalkeeper hasn’t committed his future with Milan yet. Reports suggest that he is waiting for the end of the season to see what happens in the race for the top four. He might decide to stay at Milan if Stefano Pioli’s side can guarantee the UEFA Champions League spot. 

Donnarumma has made 31 appearances for the Rossoneri in Serie A with a 71% saving percentage. At this young age, he has made 245 appearances in all competitions for AC Milan. Donnarumma will become a free agent at the end of this season. 

Lille bought Mike Maignan for just €1 million from PSG in August 2015. The 25-year-old goalkeeper made 34 appearances for Les Dogues with a saving percentage of 78% in Ligue 1 this season. Currently, he has a contract with Lille until June 2022.

Milan to sign Maignan from Lille

According to reports, Milan will pay an €18 million transfer fee to the French club Lille. While the goalkeeper Maignan will earn €3 million a year. Which will be significantly less than what Donnarumma and Mino Raiola are asking for. 

The Rossoneri made this move because the 22-year-old goalkeeper and his agent Riola haven’t said yes to the contract that Milan offered them. €8 million a year in salary with the five-year contract extension is what Milan have put on the table.

However, the Maignan to Milan deal will only come into reality if Donnarumma decides not to stay at Milan and go elsewhere for a new challenge as a free transfer. Milan’s number one priority is to keep Donnarumma at San Siro. 

It will be interesting to see what happens with this Donnarumma situation. Milan have already shown their intention not to raise the offer what the goalkeeper and his agent are asking for. On the other hand, Lille goalkeeper Maignan will be an excellent replacement for Donnarumma at Milan. 

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