AC Milan have launched a plan regarding the bid to try and get star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to renew his contract, a report claims.
The Rossoneri No.99 faces an uncertain future at the club as his current contract expires at the end of next season, meaning Milan must either agree a renewal, sell him in the summer or risk losing him for free.
Tuttosport reported earlier in the week that Donnarumma has told Milan he wants to stay and renew his deal, but that he is not lacking in admirers as PSG, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus are all circling.
According to the latest from the same outlet (via MilanLive), Milan’s strategy to get the 21-year-old to stay could play more on more emotional than economic factors.
The idea is to propose a long-term contract with a lot of prospect of becoming captain. Donnarumma would be the second Milan goalkeeper to wear the armband after Christian Abbiati, and CEO Ivan Gazidis could give Gigio the chance to lead the team he grew up in.
Today the captain is Alessio Romagnoli and nobody intends to take the armband away from him, but in the future the hierarchies could change.
Furthermore, by remaining at Milan, Donnarumma could aspire to become the goalkeeper with the most appearances in the club’s history. Today he boasts 190 appearances in Serie A, seventh in the leaderboard, with Abbiati’s record of 380 appearances easily attainable.