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Fabrizio Romano Exclusive: Chelsea had opportunity to sign Donnarumma, updates on Matthijs de Ligt, Jules Kounde and more 

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Chelsea had an excellent transfer market and built a team capable of challenges in all fields. They are / have been associated with many top names including Gianluigi Donnarumma, Matthijs de Ligto and Jules Kounde.

We take a look at Chelsea’s transfer activities in the summer and what their priority contracts could be in the January transfer window:


Chelsea have explored the possibility of signing Gianluigi Donnarumma as a free agent

Training in Italy
Training in Italy

Gianluigi Donnarumma was one of the most important jobs last summer. The signing at the high level was completed by Paris Saint-Germain. PSG Director Leonardo wanted to clarify that negotiations for the Italian shooter did not start many months before only in May. Leonardo said:

“We didn’t approach Donnarumma while he was still thinking about negotiations with AC Milan, but only later when the club announced that they would buy Mike Maignan.”

In short, Leonardo wanted to be precise fairness PSG in completing this work. Donnarumma as a free agent was a remarkable job: for years he was among the best goalkeepers in Europe and the strongest in Italy and on the Juventus list before the deal fell through.

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The reason? Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s current football director, wanted Donnarumma Juventus for a while, but left the club in the summer. With the return of Massimiliano Allegri to the position of manager Bianconeri, the decision was to give maximum confidence to the Polish GK Wojciech Szczesny and not to invest in Donnarumm.

There is, however, unprecedented “behind the scene” detail we can reveal: Chelsea also had the opportunity to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma as a free agent.

Donnarumma was an idea that Chelsea discussed many times in great secrecy, but it never became an advanced negotiation for one main reason: Donnarumma did not want to go to the Premier League after AC Milan, he preferred experience in another league. That’s why Chelsea have never been close to signing Donnarumma.

Manchester City - Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final
Manchester City – Chelsea FC – UEFA Champions League Final

The answer was also negative by the English club. Chelsea are very pleased with Edouard Mendy, a goalkeeper who was liked not only by Tuchel, but also by Marina Granovskaia and Petar Cech, who wanted to sign Mendy just a year ago, which is the priority of Chelsea’s goal.

Chelsea decided to believe in Mendy for the future of the club, while Donnarumma was an opportunity that was not used. Chelsea’s attention to this type of business with free agents is always great, but their confidence in Mendy and the choice of Donnarumma has prevented them from pursuing this opportunity.

Paris Saint-Germain took advantage of this opportunity. Nasser Al Khelaifi and Leonardo have a great relationship with agent Mina Raiol. Donnarumma had an oral agreement with Paris before the Euros, which became an official signed contract immediately after Italy completed the group stage (which later became European champions with Robert Mancini).

After that, Donnarumma underwent medical examinations at PSG which convinced him of a very clear plan: to start this season in competition Keylor Navas, but to be considered the goalkeeper of the future of Paris.

The salary will not be 12 million euros guaranteed net per year, the fixed part is lower, but it can reach that figure (in the future) only in case of victories and achieving some “bonuses” included in the contract.

Chelsea focused on signing the central defender; There are no official offers for Matthijs de Ligt

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Northern Macedonia – Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2020: Group C

Chelsea, on the other hand, are considering other roles as market priorities, such as central defender Thomas Tuchel, who took a long time.

So far, Juventus has not received any access or proposal Matthijs de Ligt from Chelsea, while the name Jules Koundé remains on Chelsea’s list. However, it is necessary to understand that Chelsea will have to meet the conditions to satisfy Sevilla after the tense situation in the last weeks of August.

Certainly, the idea of ​​buying a new central defender between January and summer remains a priority for the Blues. Chelsea do not regret missing Donnarumma, but … PSG enjoys the goalkeeper of the future.


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