According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan have slashed their valuation for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma amidst ownership chaos.
Liverpool must now take charge of the situation. With the Reds’ pre-season well-underway, a new goalkeeper is necessary and with Milan’s value of Donnarumma decreasing over the preceding months, now they must take advantage.
Had the question been asked after the Champions League Final whether Loris Karius still be Liverpool’s number one next season? The answer should have been yes. Even after two striking errors, faith could have been kept in Karius to eventually rid it from his mind and focus on next season, as after all, he is a competent goalkeeper.
However, following another howler, undeniably similar the second error in the final. If it was to occur, another error would continue to play on his mind throughout pre-season and the self-doubt could start to creep in at the detriment to his performances.
With a month until the season starts, there is no better value for money ‘keeper than Donnarumma to target at this time. Even at the tender age of 19, his reflexes and handling is far superior to Karius’ and at such an age he is only going to improve.
There are question marks about Donnarumma’s distribution and role in the build-up play which Liverpool value. Although it isn’t of the level to Brazil’s Allison or Ederson, he still completed 78.7% of passes in all competitions last season compared to Karius’ 61.6% showing he is proficient enough on the ball to play this role.
With Milan’s value of the Italian reportedly down from £61m to just £35m, it is a deal that shouldn’t require a second thought from Klopp and should be completed as soon as possible to allow a smooth transition in the goalkeeping department ahead of the season.