Surprise rookie of Paris Saint-Germain during this summer transfer window, Gianluigi Donnarumma is preparing to take up a new challenge in the capital club. At the dawn of his career, the Italian goalkeeper intends to play a serious competition to Keylor Navas, irreproachable as the last bulwark last season. Back behind the scenes of an unforeseen transfer for PSG.
Very active as usual on the transfer market, Paris Saint-Germain is increasing the number of arrivals. Used to making expensive transfers in recent years, the capital club has this time targeted players free of any contract, except Achraf Hakimi (transferred from Inter Milan). Thus, in addition to the arrivals of Georginio Wijnaldum (30 years old) and the emblematic Madrid captain Sergio Ramos (35 years old), PSG has secured the services of Gianluigi Donnarumma (22 years old). A surprise transfer especially after Keylor Navas’ flawless season in Paris goals. Decisive in the Champions League, the Costa Rican goalkeeper made 16 clean sheets in 29 Ligue 1 matches last year. Not enough to foresee a recruitment to this post for Leonardo and Mauricio Pochettino.
However the contractual situation of the giant of AC Milan (free this summer) could make many envious in Europe. Refusing any extension proposals to AC Milan, Donnarumma seemed open to new horizons. Thus, as the daily information reveals The team, his agent Mino Raiola looked for a new club ready to welcome the Italian. And if a first approach to Juventus Turin turned out to be inconclusive – the Old Lady having other ambitions in the market – the representative of the former Milanese then turned to the Parisian club and Leonardo with whom he has always had a very good relationship.
A euro that changes the game
With a very good experience for his age (215 Serie A matches to his credit) and with a high market value (estimated at € 50 million), Donnarumma therefore represented a golden opportunity for the Parisian leaders. A free transfer despite an imposing salary (10 million euros per year) which inevitably caught the eye of “Leo”. Faced with this windfall, negotiations thus began between the two parties to finally reach a final agreement during Euro 2020. A new masterstroke for PSG but which still raises the question of the hierarchy in this position.
If the former Milanese did not exclude, at the beginning of the exchanges with the club of the capital, to be the lining of Navas this season, his recent performances with the Nazionale have changed the setting. Elected best player of the tournament following the coronation of Squadra Azzurra, Donnarumma undoubtedly has more ambitious desires as to his status within the Parisian workforce. Extended until June 2023 this Friday, Mauricio Pochettino will therefore have the heavy task of deciding between him and Keylor Navas and thus establish healthy competition for the well-being of Parisian performances throughout this season.