MN: Blow for Chelsea and other interested clubs as Milan star’s departure ‘not so obvious’

By Oliver Fisher -

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s departure from AC Milan is not a foregone conclusion despite his contract situation, a report claims.

As MilanNews notes, speculation is rife that Donnarumma will leave the club during the summer as his contract ends in June 2021 and there are no reports of an imminent renewal.

A number of top clubs have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old such as Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid, but for the top clubs in order to spend big money they have to generate revenue too – earnings that are not currently arriving due to the suspension of football because of the COVID-19 emergency.

Among the lost revenue of clubs like Real Madrid are tickets, museum visits, physical merchandising and the takings of bars and restaurants. Losses that will also affect Milan, but proportionally to a lesser extent than the European giants.

It is difficult to think that this summer, after such a dramatic emergency, will go out and spend ridiculous money. Another factor that could play in favour of a renewal is the postponement of Euro 2020.

If Gigio is not sold this summer, and an extension does not arrive, he would find himself playing the year leading up to the European Championships on an expiring deal, which could be an unwelcome distraction.

The most logical solution therefore may be to renew and then eventually say goodbye in a year, perhaps also taking advantage of the Euros to further raise the price.

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