The London club plotted a move for Gianluigi Donnarumma before completing a deal for Edouard Mendy, according to reports. And they may go back in for the Rossoneri captain in June when his deal expires but will face competition from a host of top teams.
Italy international has been a mainstay at Milan since he was 16 but is yet to agree on a new deal with the Rossoneri. The London giants were among the interested sides during the recent transfer window. Chelsea coach was unhappy with Kepa Arrizabalaga as his first-choice shot-stopper and bagged Mendy from Stade Rennais for £22m.
PSG and Real Madrid also took an interest in Gianluigi, along with the Bianconeri. But Donnarumma’s future will primarily be decided by the outcome of deal talks with the Rossoneri. The Serie A giants are said to believe that he wants to remain at the San Siro.
A possible the Blues offer would likely demand Kepa leave the London club, with no willing buyer emerging over the autumn. After several years outside of the European elite, Rossoneri are back in the continental contest this year and have won all six of their opening matches in 2020-21.
That includes a dramatic 9-8 penalty shootout victory over Rio Ave in Europa League play-offs and three consecutive clean sheets in Serie A. Discussing the Italian goalkeeper negotiations last month, club legend and technical director Paolo Maldini suggested there was little reason to rush.
The 52-year-old said: “He has played 220 games with Milan at his age, that’s absolutely uncommon. The more he goes on, the more he becomes a leader.”