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Report: AC Milan “prepared to offer” Gigio Donnarumma in swap for Alvaro Morata

Umm... PASS.

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Silly season is upon us, folks.

According to Corriere Dello Sport, AC Milan could offer Chelsea a swap deal, with Gigio Donnarumma headed to London in exchange for striker Alvaro Morata heading the other way.

Chelsea currently have Thibaut Courtois, starter for the Belgian National Team, at Goalkeeper, but he is out of contract at the end of next season, and reports have him extensively linked to Real Madrid (again).

According to the Italian newspaper, while Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola, wants to move the youngster away from Milan, there have been no concrete offers for the keeper. This said, apparently Milan, for some reason, could offer Donnarumma in a swap for Chelsea’s Morata to boost the striker position. However, Morata scored 11 Premier League goals last season in his debut for the Blues, with six assists. He also added one goal in the Champions League, and lost his starting spot to Olivier Giroud in January.

Morata clearly struggled in England after moving from Madrid for a Chelsea-record £70million, but is still well-regarded in Italy, with both Milan and Juventus chasing his services. The confusing part is, though, that Milan not only have young talent Andre Silva, who both Gennaro Gattuso and Massimiliano Mirabelli have expressed confidence in despite links away from Milan, but also have breakout star Patrick Cutrone. Maybe it’s just me, but Milan’s striker position is not the one in most need of improvement (depth in midfield, anyone?).

That’s just the start of reasons why I’d go ahead and veto this deal. Morata is 25 and Donnarumma is 19. Gigio is one of the, if not the single most, promising young talents in Europe. I would hope that Milan would not swap him, even after a season that was far from his best, for a striker who scored fewer total goals last season than Patrick Cutrone.


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