ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno does not believe Gianluigi Donnarumma would fancy a move to Chelsea during the summer transfer window. The 19-year-old has been widely tipped to pursue a big-money switch away from the Rossoneri, should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. A number of high-profile clubs including Real Madrid have been touted as potential candidates to pursue the Rossoneri graduate, but recent reports have suggested that the Blues have joined the race to sign the teenager.
The west London outfit are currently uncertain whether goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would commit his future beyond June 2019, and this could potentially tempt them to sanction his exit during the summer rather than lose him on a free transfer at the end of next season. As a result, Donnarumma has emerged as one of the prime contenders to replace the Belgian, though Moreno does not feel the move will happen.
He said:“I don’t think so. I think if you’re going to leave Milan, you’re going to go to the upper tier of the upper tier of the upper tier. Am I saying something that isn’t correct here? The way that Chelsea have performed and the issues they seem to have internally and you don’t know what’s going to happen with Antonio Conte and what the transition is going to be.”
As said by Moreno, Conte’s future remains in question beyond the end of the current season, and there are suggestions that he may have to win the FA Cup in order to better his chances of staying at Stamford Bridge. Unsurprisingly enough, both Chelsea and Milan are four and six points behind their quest for Champions League football via the league phase, and the failure to qualify for the elite competition could have a drastic effect on both sides.