Gianluigi Donnarumma’s agent has suggested that AC Milan’s conduct led to the departure of the goalkeeper on a free transfer, rather than for a hefty fee that could have helped the club.
Enzo Raiola spoke to Tuttosport (via Pianeta Milan) about the events that went down in the lead-up to Donnarumma leaving Milan for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, something which has led to immense anger towards the goalkeeper from Milan fans.
He explains that his agents had no intention to take him away from Milan without a fee, but there was a condition: “We will never take the boy with no score away from you, but he would like Milan to qualify for the Champions League. We went to Casa Milan several times and they came once to Monte Carlo and relations were calm.”
Mino Raiola’s plan was to sell Donnarumma to Juventus for a fee if Milan did not qualify for the Champions League. Milan did qualify, but Milan then said they have found a new goalkeeper and would not be agreeing on a new contract with Donnarumma.
“Maldini said: ‘Mino, we are here for something else: the Donnarumma chapter is already closed because we have already signed our goalkeeper‘. That boulder fell on Donnarumma’s head. We, in addition to Juve, who would have only signed him at the end of the season if Milan had not gone to the Champions League, had not gauged interest in Donnarumma who in January, again in order not to betray Milan, had not even wanted to listen to an offer,” Raiola explained.
Donnarumma then apparently told his agents that he wanted to leave Italy, as he would have only gone to Juventus if Milan had not made the Champions League and could get a fee for him. That led to the PSG move.
As Raiola said: “Wait, wait and then Milan didn’t want to wait for him. This is the truth.”