Chelsea determined to sign €60m-rated Italy international

The London giants considered a move for AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma before Edouard Mendy’s arrival in the summer. Chelsea found themselves in dire need of a new shot-stopper following the downturn in form of Kepa Arrizabalaga, who lost his place to veteran Willy Caballero towards the tail end of the last campaign.

Mendy was recruited from Stade Rennais, with Edouard starting the Blues last two matches before the current international break. Edouard seems sure to be Blues No.1 goalkeeper going forward, but he wasn’t the only option considered by the London club as they looked to secure a replacement for Spain international.

Blues sniffed around Italy international of Rossoneri over the summer, with the goalkeeper’s deal ready to expire in the summer of 2021. However, the feeling at the San Siro is that Gianluigi will sign a deal extension with Milan, the club who gave him the opportunity to play first-team football at such a young age.

The London giants will need to wait and see how Mendy copes with life in the PL before determining if a come back to the market for another goalkeeper is necessary but Donnarumma looks to be off the table, even if he is on Marina Granovskaia’s shortlist.

PSG and Real Madrid also took an interest in Gigi, along with Juventus. But his future will primarily be decided by the outcome of deal talks with Milan. Rossoneri are said to believe that he wants to stay with the club. A possible Blues offer would likely demand Kepa leave Chelsea, with no willing buyer emerging over the autumn.