The 18-year-old Italian goalkeeper is out of contract next year and Los Blancos are keeping a close eye, but will stick with the Costa Rican for now
Real Madrid have shortlisted AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma as a possible replacement for Keylor Navas, but Los Blancos are keeping faith with the Central American for now and have also ended their interested in signing Manchester United’s David De Gea.
Navas came under fire from the Madrid media following a number of mistakes earlier on in the season and the club were set on signing a replacement in the summer as their transfer ban was reduced to six months.
However, the Costa Rica international ended the campaign in fine form and made a key save from Miralem Pjanic in the Champions League final win over Juventus.
Keylor is a popular player in the dressing room at Madrid and he has received support from some of his team-mates, most notably captain Sergio Ramos, with some of them reportedly asking the club to keep faith in the 30-year-old.
Madrid have wanted to sign De Gea for several seasons and almost sent Navas to Manchester United as part of the planned transfer in 2015, but the paperwork did not go through in time and the Spain goalkeeper ended up signing a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.
A move for De Gea now would cost somewhere in the region of €70 million as United have no need to sell and the player is also happy in Manchester. Madrid have other priorities in the transfer market anyway, with Monaco’s in-demand striker Kylian Mbappe their top target.
Next summer, however, could see a move for either De Gea or Milan’s Donnarumma, who is out of contract in 2018 and currently stalling on a new deal due to the demands of his agent, Mino Raiola.
Donnarruma has been offered €4.5m per year to stay, which would make him better paid than most goalkeepers in Europe including Gianluigi Buffon, but Raiola – whose cousin Vincenzo is one of the player’s best friends – wants Milan to prove their project will be competitive and, above all, that the club hand his client a relatively low release clause in the region of €50m.
The Rossoneri are losing patience with their player – and especially with Raiola – as the saga drags on and have told the goalkeeper he must respond to their offer by the middle of this month in order to prepare for the 2017-18 campaign.
Milan have insisted that they see Donnarumma as a cornerstone of their new project after the recent takeover, but will not allow the player’s contract to run down and he will be sold this summer unless an agreement can be reached.
Meanwhile, Madrid are watching developments closely and see the Italian as a potential number one for the future at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, president Florentino Perez prefers to sign stars when they are the finished article and Los Blancos’ status as Europe’s best club means they have no need to risk an 18-year-old in goal at this stage – especially with Navas back on form.
A move to Real could happen in future and Madrid are one of the few clubs – along with United – that Donnarumma would consider. At the moment, however, the player should still reach an agreement to stay at San Siro beyond next summer and there looks set to be no new goalkeeper arrival at the Bernabeu this summer, either.