MN: 2020 like 2017 for Donnarumma – renewal complicated but not impossible

By Isak Möller -

In the summer of 2017, after more than a month of back and forth with Raiola, Fassone and Mirabelli managed to renew the contract of Donnarumma, which was set to expire June 2018. Now, we are in a similar situation. 

As highlights, it was a tough negotiation phase that heavily affected the player’s performances the season after. To convince his agent, a four-year deal worth €6m per year was needed, plus the signing of his brother Antonio Donnarumma.

Just like in 2017, the Rossoneri now find themselves in a tough situation, as the current contract will expire in June 2021. Back then, the goalkeeper was a very promising player, but now he’s a certainty of this Milan side.

Therefore, should Gazidis fail to reach an agreement with Raiola, then the big clubs will be lining up for the 21-year-old. Above all, Milan will have to come up with a convincing project. Of course, this also means the managerial question has to be answered.

If the project is ambitious, the chances of locking down Gigio will increase significantly. However, as of today, it’s still impossible to make any predictions whatsoever. In fact, in recent weeks, there has even been talk of a salary cap.

Then again, it’s clear that this ‘law’ must allow exceptions in order to build a competitive team. To date, the number of players in the Rossoneri’s squad is much lower than that of 2017. In June, they could even be down to 18-20 players.

As for the salaries, with very few exceptions, they are not abnormal. Therefore, Milan will be able to afford the renewal of Donnarumma. Letting go of Biglia and Bonaventura (€6m total) would cover the current salary of the youngster.

In other words, although signings are expected, Gazidis and his team will have room to negotiate with Raiola and eventually reach an agreement on the renewal. At least, this is what we can hope for.

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