With Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future still very much up in the air, the public airing of his contract dispute may be weighing heavily on the young goalkeeper. With a single year left on his contract at AC Milan, the club announced he had turned down a lucrative offer for a long-term extension, thus forcing them to sell. Milan fans turned on the player instantly, calling him disloyal and disrespectful. Now, the 18-year-old may be having a change of heart. According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, Donnarumma is set to meet with Enzo Raiola, the cousin of his superagent Mino Raiola, in Krakow where he is with the Italian U-21 team for the U-21 European Championships. According to the report,
There is a facility in Los Angeles called Urban Soccer 5, which caters to small-sided games (5-a-side, to be exact) with their ten artificial turf — this is California, after all — outdoor fields, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, automatic video recording of games, and all sorts of other goodies. It’s the sort of place one might find a big club from Europe setting up a pre-season fan fest, for example, emblazoning many of the boards and available wall space with their and their sponsors’ logos, just as Chelsea did last summer during the stop in Pasadena. It’s also the sort of place where big stars like Romelu Lukaku, Samir Nasri, and Andre-Pierre Gignac might gather for a friendly Brussels vs. Marseille match of 5-a-side. The tiny pitch is a bit unfair when you have a cannon for a leg like Romelu Lukaku and can unleash unstoppable shots from just about anywhere, which Lukaku was quite happy to show off to Instagram as well.
We’re a good few hours late to this bit of news, but I was hoping that a named journalist would want to put their byline behind this claim at some point. Alas, that has not happened. So, here we have a line hidden towards the end of a story about Fabinho from the Press Association that was picked up by the Telegraph on Friday. Fabinho has been off-and-on linked with Manchester United (while fellow Monaco midfielder closes in on his move to Chelsea), and the PA were reporting on some quotes that Fabinho gave back in Brazil. The interesting part is this bit. Tottenham's Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic at Chelsea are other midfield options said to be under consideration as United look to strengthen