When Milan announced in a press conference that Gianluigi Donnarumma was not going to renew his contract with the Rossoneri, there was a huge sense of panic that had settled in to the fan-base—were Milan going to lose their crown jewel to a money-hungry shark who called himself an agent?
The honest answer is that Gigio was destined to leave Milan, and not having to make the decision of his sale, is a welcome relief to the club. Gigio is brilliant but in the modern world, money talks and it is the only thing that matters. Whether it was his family or his agent that forced him to make that choice, Gigio did what anyone would do and holding him accountable is futile.
While the general consensus is that Milan have been dealt a blow, with plenty of young goalkeepers available in the market, this could be the perfect opportunity to lure in that marquee signing which will push Milan into the stratosphere of European football.
Although there are a few ridiculous rumours that Milan could be looking to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a swap deal, the more likely name is James Rodriguez, who is not only disgruntled with life at the Santiago Bernabeu, but also someone who is young enough to lead Milan into a trophy-laden future.
Whether it’s James or Cristiano, one thing that cannot be denied is the fact Milan have the biggest bargaining chip in football today, and that’s enough reason to rejoice.