AC Milan’s owners Elliott Management could sacrifice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to make up for lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, a report claims.
According to il Corriere della Sera (via MilanLive), the coronavirus could now worsen the economic situation of Milan. If the championship were to be suspended, the total economic damage for Italian football would be enormous and equivalent to around €600-700m .
Furthermore, to these should be added the €371m for foreign rights and the €35m of Rai for the Coppa Italia – making a total of €1.37bn.
In Milan, the paper reports, Donnarumma has been designated by Elliott as the player who could recoup the most money to help the financial situation. He is a player who is potentially leaving anyway due to his contract situation.
The Diavolo do not have many solutions: either Gigio will extend the contract immediately, or they really risk losing him on a free transfer in a year. The problem is twofold: the 21-year-old requires guarantees on the project to continue with the Rossoneri.
The owners, on the other hand, intends to lower the team’s hiring ceiling and its €6m salary already represents a huge exception, a situation which will hardly lead to white smoke.