When Gigio Donnarumma decided to leave AC Milan on a free transfer, many suggested that it would be very hard for the Rossoneri to replace him. Little did they know that Mike Maignan was up for the challenge.
As highlighted by our colleagues at SempreMilan.it, the departure of Donnarumma has turned out to be an important point in the recent history of Milan. Not only because a big talent left, but also because it set a precedent for other free exits (Calhanoglu, Kessie, Romagnoli).
In spite of all this, Donnarumma’s decision didn’t prove to be so fundamental, seeing as Maignan has completely transformed Milan. The French goalkeeper, and mainly the skills with his feet, allowed Stefano Pioli to realise the Milan side of his dreams.
And not only that, but Maignan has also been able to make a bunch of spectacular saves during his time at the club. Yesterday’s derby was another example of that as he made several good stops and an incredible one on Calhanoglu (decisive for the result). In fact, it’s clear that Milan are better off with Maignan.
Therefore, the Rossoneri can only thank Donnarumma for deciding to leave the club. It should also be noted that signing Maignan was also better from a financial point of view, even with the transfer fee included.