Manchester United: Has Jose Mourinho Identified New David De Gea As Transfer Target?

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
AC Milan and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma at Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy, September 2. Donnarumma is reportedly drawing interest from Manchester United. Claudio Villa/Getty

He can already boast of having one of the world’s best goalkeepers.

But given how close David De Gea came to leaving Manchester United last summer, it makes sense for Jose Mourinho to identify his potential successor or understudy.

According to Italian website Mediaset, United and Chelsea are “lurking around” AC Milan prodigy Gianluigi Donnarumma.

It is easy to see why. Italy has a rich tradition of producing world-class goalkeepers; Donnarumma is just 17, yet he stands at six foot five and is already an established member of the AC Milan first team.

Mourinho and his Chelsea counterpart, Antonio Conte, may be given encouragement by the revelation that Donnarumma earns a fraction of what he could expect at Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho will not be keen on losing De Gea any time soon; indeed that prospect appeared to have receded this summer.

But there is no harm in looking to the future. And in goalkeeping terms, the future is Donnarumma.

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