Gianluigi Donnarumma’s time with the Rossoneri is coming to an end, with the 22-year-old shot-stopper failing to agree terms with AC Milan for a contract extension.
The club have taken matters into their own hands and signed Lille goalkeeper, Mike Maignan for a fee of €13m + add ons (Fabrizio Romano). While Maldini has also confirmed that Donnarumma will leave the club on a free this summer.
Nonetheless, with Donnarumma set to become a free agent, maybe now is a better time than ever to sign a new keeper.
Donnarumma is thought to be one of the best young goalkeepers in the world with a market value of £54 million (Transfermarkt), but to have the chance to get him for free is simply too big of an opportunity to pass up.
Hugo Lloris only has a year left on his contract at Tottenham, and at this current time, looks unlikely to sign a new one. If Spurs were to sign Donnarumma, he could prove to be a great backup to Lloris, or perhaps even surpass him as the number one next season.
I believe that one of Lloris’ weaknesses is the ability to command his box. Lloris ranks 13th amongst Premier League goalkeepers with the most ‘high claims’ this season with 23, and even lower in terms of punches with a total of 9 (Premier League).
This has undoubtedly contributed to the number of goals conceded from set-pieces which continues to be an Achilles heel for the current Spurs squad.
Donnarumma stands at 1.96m (Transfermarkt) which equates to around 6’4” – 3 inches taller than Lloris, thus making him a much stronger presence in the box.
Furthermore, Donnarumma has yet again had an outstanding season with AC Milan, racking up 14 clean sheets in Serie A – the second most in the league (Transfermarkt). He also donned the captain’s armband in Romagnoli’s absence.
Clearly, Donnarumma is a ready-made replacement for Hugo Lloris, and at the tender age of just 22, he has already established himself as one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world; no doubt he has an extremely high ceiling to improve.
Surely a move for him is a no-brainer, even if it will be a competitive race.
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