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Could Milan be saying bye to Donnarumma?

Why Milan’s ace keeper will, most likely, leave the Rossoneri.

Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan looks on prior to the TIM... Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Milan’s season is not going as planned. During the summer there was a brief moment of hope when Berlusconi finally signed off the Rossoneri to Chinese investors and a subsequent influx of cash was supposed to bring Milan “back.” Indeed, in a sense, the plea to “insert a coin to save AC Milan” was heard by both the former and current leaders of the club. Ironically, this “coin” has led Millan to a sticky situation: if Milan does not make the Champions League, they may not be able to pay back their enormous debts.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are expected to move for Donnarumma if Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois signs with Real Madrid. Whether this is a rumor is irrelevant. The more pressing question is—if Milan continues their subpar performance this season— can Milan hold onto Donnarumma? Not only will clubs like Chelsea be knocking on Milan’s door, but why would Donnarumma—one of the most promising young players of this generation—stick to a team that continuously makes false promises about the club playing in European football? In other words, if, most likely, Milan fails (again) to make the Champions League, young players like Donnarumma might be sold either because of Milan needing to raise capital or simply because Donnarumma needs to take his game to an elite club. Thus, one way or another, Milan’s centerpiece youth player seems to be destined to depart from the Rossoneri.